Fancy a new marathon challenge in 2013 for charity?

Sussex Air Ambulance
Sussex Air Ambulance

The air ambulance service covering Mid Sussex is appealing for volunteers to run for it in this year’s Brighton Marathon.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance operates two helicopters that cost £5million a year to fly during daylight hours alone and needs £6million for a 24-hour service to start this year. The charity has places allocated for runners who must commit to raising a minimum of £500.

Entrants Karen Allnutt, from West Hythe, who was airlifted to hospital following a road traffic collision two years ago, said: “This will be a personal challenge for me and is a perfect opportunity to raise valuable funds for the Air Ambulance. It was an easy choice for me and I’m pleased to say that with many thanks to them I have made a fantastic recovery.”

All air ambulance entrants will be invited to visit the helicopter base and meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic. They will also get a fundraising pack with sponsor forms, support and advice from the charity’s fundraising team, a training guide and an Air Ambulance running vest.

Community fundraiser Amy Salter said: “Our plans for night flying will give this year’s entrants a fantastic fundraising goal to work towards.”

Anyone wanting to run in the marathon on April 14 should call Amy on 01622 833806 or email or go to