Run Lon­don Marathon for St John Am­bu­lance

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

RUN­NERS from Halton are be­ing of­fered the chance to fundraise for the na­tion’s lead­ing first aid char­ity in this year’s Lon­don Marathon.

St John Am­bu­lance (SJA) was sup­ported last year by more than 200 peo­ple who ran the route through the cap­i­tal and raised more than £250,000 to sup­port the char­ity’s life sav­ing work.

The race route is lined with SJA first aiders, ready to treat run­ners and spec­ta­tors for a wide range of in­juries and med­i­cal con­di­tions.

More than 1,000 SJA vol­un­teers from all over the coun­try will be on duty with ap­prox­i­mately one vol­un­teer for every 35 me­tres of the 26.2 mile course this year on Sun­day, April 23.

The team will in­clude first aiders, doc­tors, nurses and paramedics work­ing closely with the Lon­don Marathon’s own med­i­cal di­rec­tor and team of doc­tors.

SJA’s di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing Ka­t­rina Hodges said: “Our run­ners re­ceive a lot of sup­port from us be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the event and they get enor­mous sat­is­fac­tion from know­ing they’ll be quite lit­er­ally run­ning for other peo­ple’s lives.”

The char­ity has been pro­vid­ing first aid for the Lon­don Marathon through­out the race’s 36-year his­tory.

Every year, more than 800,000 peo­ple learn how to save a life through the char­ity’s train­ing pro­grammes, in­clud­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of young peo­ple.

The vol­un­teers pro­vide first aid, keep­ing peo­ple safe at events, and work­ing along­side the NHS in re­sponse to 999 calls.

The dead­line to reg­is­ter is Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 2.

For more in­for­ma­tion about run­ning for SJA email events@sja.org. uk or call 0207 324 4168.

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