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Amazing marathon efforts keep Children’s Air Ambulances flying high

A team of dedicated runners have raised over £48,000 for the national Children’s Air Ambulance and two of our local air ambulance charities after overcoming sweltering heat at the 2018 London Marathon.

Thirty runners, sporting the colours of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and the Children’s Air Ambulance, joined a field of over 40,000 to run the world famous 26.2mile race in temperatures touching 24C – the hottest on record.

Every mile passed and every person across the line increased the support for the urgent critical care response helicopters of the local air ambulance, as well as the national dedicated paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service for children.

Mike Grogan from Nottinghamshire was one of Sunday’s running champions. Mike tells us why he chose to support the Children’s Air Ambulance “I met Jo Payne and the Children’s Air Ambulance team through work and arranged a visit to the Coventry airbase. I was so impressed & inspired by the work the charity does I had to sign up and fundraise.

“We also had our first child in January and the thought of him needing urgent medical care and not being able to receive it as quickly is a scary thought so I wanted to support any parents that go through that!”

We want to pay a HUGE thanks to all our runners, for their support and dedication which will go a long way to helping save lives.

Andy Williamson, Chief Executive of The Air Ambulance Service also pays tribute to the runners “I want to personally thank and applaud the outstanding efforts of our 30 runners in what were very difficult conditions. Every penny raised by the marathon team will go towards helping to save lives and I’m sure that was a massive motivation to the runners mile after mile.”

Here’s a full list of the runners who took part in Sunday’s marathon:

Sophie Cameron-Mowat, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire
John Skelton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
James Forbes, Dronfield, Derbyshire
Martyn Caulfield, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Sophie Coley, Leicester
Roger Freeman, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Tim Hargraves, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Andrew Keeley, Hinckley, Leicestershire
Catherine Sawyer, Coalville, Leicestershire
Jack Wildsmith, Leicester
Lucy Ellams, London
Francesca Morton, London
Darren Roberts, London
Alison Burge, Grendon, Northamptonshire
Kevin White, Corby, Northamptonshire
Mike Grogan, Nottingham
Jack Brough, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Neil Button, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Jane Cummings, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Andrew Meston, Coventry, West Midlands
Callum O’Rourke, Solihull, West Midlands