Join Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s team at the Bath Half Marathon 2016

By Anita Jaynes on December 21, 2015

Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Bath Half Marathon team for 2016 is taking shape and there is still time to sign up for a place.

Those taking part include Emma Bailey, of Newhurst Park, Hilperton, Trowbridge, and Sarah Crowther, of Clarendon Avenue, Trowbridge, who both work at The Mead Community Primary School, Trowbridge.

Emma’s son, Samuel Bailey, had a life threatening seizure at home on 30 January 2011 and was flown to the Royal United Hospital, Bath, by Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA).

Samuel, now seven and who attends The Mead Community Primary School, Trowbridge, was transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital where he made a full recovery.

Emma, 40, a clerical assistant, said: “When Samuel had the seizure he was limp and his eyes were open and fixed. I thought he had died. His seizure lasted one hour and 33 minutes. Wiltshire Air Ambulance flew him to Bath in under four minutes. He was on life support for a few days.

“If it wasn’t for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Samuel wouldn’t be here today. A road ambulance would not have got him to hospital in time. Wiltshire Air Ambulance literally saved his life.”

Emma and her family have fundraised for WAA since Samuel was airlifted and she is looking forward to running in the Bath Half Marathon in 2016.

“I ran it this year and it’s a nice marathon. There’s lots of support from the crowds which helps to keep you going,” she said.

Also running the Bath Half Marathon again is Dylan Jones, 22, of Lechlade, Gloucestershire, who was airlifted by WAA in 2012 after suffering catastrophic injuries in a road traffic collision. Dylan, family and friends will be running the Bath Half Marathon for the third year to raise money for WAA.

Four colleagues at Resolution Design, in Devizes, are taking part along with two family members. Most of the team have not run a half marathon before. A relation of one of the Resolution team was airlifted by WAA some years ago.

Richard Jaggs, Managing Director of Resolution Design, who is taking part and has run the Bath Half Marathon before, said: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance is brilliant. In Devizes, which is some distance from large hospitals, to have an air ambulance to get people to hospital quickly is essential. It’s a really valuable service.”

A record amount – £19,171.16 – was raised for WAA by 60 runners at the Bath Half Marathon 2015. The charity has 75 places at next year’s Vitality Bath Half Marathon on 13 March 2016.

Kenresa Stratford, Fundraising Coordinator at WAA, said: “We are so grateful to the people who have signed up to run the Bath Half Marathon for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Many of them have a connection with Wiltshire Air Ambulance, while others want to challenge themselves by running a half marathon and raise vital funds for us. The money raised by our runners will help keep our helicopter flying and saving lives.

“We still have places available for people who are interested in running it. We’ll give those taking part all the support they need with training tips, collection tins and sponsor forms.”

A place costs £32.50 and each runner is asked to raise a minimum of £200 for the charity. Runners can join the charity’s Just Giving team page at www.justgiving.com/teams/WAABathHalf16Team

For more information or to book a place email kenresa@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk or call WAA on 01380 739453h