A former soldier is nearing completion of a challenge of a lifetime which will see him run 300 miles in 14 days raising money for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.
Adam White’s coast to coast run began in St David’s City in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on Sunday, March 5 and he is set to complete the run by arriving in Skegness on Saturday, March 18.
The run will honour Adam’s friend, Skegness man Jamie Broom, who’s life was saved in October 2016 after being airlifted to Nottingham Hospital.
“I will be running 300 miles for the charity, because it was an air ambulance which helped save my friends life.”
Adam tells his story on his just giving page, which has so far raised just under £2,000 of a £5,000 target, he says:
“As some of you may know, I have had a particularly difficult few months battling my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“But during this time, something that has helped me is running and challenging myself to run faster and further.
“I decided that I needed a focus to help me through these difficult times and inspire others to use exercise to improve their physical and mental health and therefore have set myself the mammoth challenge of running 300 miles, over a two-week period to raise money for the local ambucopter.
“Although the air ambulance most local to Skegness was on another call, the reason I have chosen this charity, is due to an accident involving my friend Jamie, as it was an air ambulance brought in from Derbyshire which played a massive part in saving his life.”
“I met Jamie in 1999, whilst serving in the British Army and we have remained close friends ever since.
“It was on the evening of October 1, 2016 that Jamie fell down some stairs at a friend’s house in Skegness, leaving him unconscious. The paramedics were called and on arrival they realised the situation was far worse than first thought and it was decided that to save Jamie’s life he would have to be air lifted to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to undergo treatment.
“On arrival at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Jamie was given a 50/50 chance of survival and he was rushed into emergency surgery and had to have a blood clot the size of a fist removed. Jamie’s recovery is still ongoing.
“If it wasn’t for the help of the Air Ambulance crew and their quick action that day, it could have been a different story for Jamie”
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance’s Nottinghamshire Community Fundraiser, Karen Carter, said:
“We are extremely grateful that Adam has chosen to undertake this challenge for us. Our Charity relies on support from the public and every penny really does help save lives – as Adam and Jamie have discovered first hand. I wish Adam good luck in his challenge and also wish both him and Jamie all the best in their own recovery.”
Speaking to the Skegness siren on Wednesday March 15, Adam said:
“The run is going really well and I’m feeling good. The heat hit me a little bit today, but I’m managing to keep up with marathon pace and averaging eight minute miles.
“The scenery in Wales was beautiful and undulating which was great to look at but now the runs are much flatter and less awe-inspiring scenery wise, but I’m just getting on with it and I’ve been given great support along the way.”
It costs an average of £2,100 every time the Ambucopter responds to a potentially life-threatening situation.
Last year the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance responded to 1,000 such missions.
Once Adam arrives in Skegness, the celebration party on completion of the run will take place at the WelcomeInn, in Skegness, on Saturday, March 18, from 2pm.
To find out more about this essential life-saving charity or to donate, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk