Air ambulance appeals for Brighton Marathon runners

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KENT, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance is appealing for runners to help raise vital funds for the charity by taking part in next year’s Brighton Marathon.

Runners will have the opportunity of attending a pre-race meeting at the Surrey and Sussex helicopter base at Dunsfold Park near Horsham, which will include a practice run and the chance to see the helicopter and meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic.

Community Fundraiser Amy Salter said: “Brighton is an area where we are trying to raise our profile as many people still do not realise that we are a charity.

“Having as many runners as possible in the marathon will help us to do that. It is a fantastic way to keep fit but requires a lot of training which is why we need people to sign up now.

“Spaces in our team are limited so we are encouraging people who want to get fit and start training to sign up now to secure their place.

“All entrants will receive a fundraising pack including sponsor forms, support and advice from the charity’s fundraising team, a training guide and an Air Ambulance running vest.”

Runners will then be invited to a post-race reception and thank-you coffee morning with family and friends welcome.

More than 100 people ran for the Air Ambulance in last year’s Brighton Marathon, raising almost £40,000 which is enough to help save 20 lives.

The Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on voluntary public donations for its funding and each mission costs around £2,500.

Brighton Marathon will be held on April 15th, 2012 and is now ranked among the 12 top running events in the UK.

Anyone interested in running the Marathon in aid of the Air Ambulance should call Amy Salter on 01622 833806.