Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance seeks fundraising runners for London Marathon 2021

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) is calling on people to lace up their trainers and raise vital funds for the charity by taking on this year’s London Marathon.

Monday, 8th February 2021, 12:38 pm

The charity has five guaranteed places in the iconic event, planned for Sunday, October 3, and is looking for dedicated runners to take on the 26-mile run.

Fundraising coordinator Kelly Geoghegan said: “Our crews have remained on the frontline throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and have experienced one of the busiest years in the charity’s history, despite a significant drop in our income.

“By taking part in the London Marathon on our behalf, you’ll be taking on an unforgettable challenge while helping to make a difference at a time where we need your help more than ever.

Jane Ramsden, left, and Angela Preston raised more than £5,500 for the Lincolnshire And Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance when they ran the London Marathon in 2019.

She added: “Thanks to you, we can be there for patients involved in life-threatening incidents when minutes matter.”

If a marathon is a step too far, LNAA also has guaranteed places in this year’s Lincoln 10K, due to take place on Sunday, June 27, and the SimplyHealth Great North Run planned for Sunday, September 12.

The air ambulance is an independent charity which relies solely on donations from members of the public.

It is thanks to the support and generosity of local fundraisers, like those who will take on the marathon, that LNAA can remain operational.

The service has crews on call 365 days of the year but receives no Government funding, and each mission costs an average £3,500.

The money raised by supporters can help to stock LNAA’s helicopter and critical care cars with crucial medical supplies such as ventilators, advanced medicines and blood used to carry out transfusions on those patients that are suffering from catastrophic bleeding.

The rapid intervention of highly skilled doctors, paramedics and pilots at the scene of an incident often makes the difference between life and death.

To apply for a place in the Virgin London Marathon, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk/events or email [email protected] for an application form.

The web page also has more information about charity places for the Lincoln 10K and SimplyHealth Great North Run.