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Grateful mum runs London Marathon after son rescued

Grateful mum Claire Wragg is running the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for our charity after her son was airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

“I have always supported the charity, it provides such a valuable service, but it is very dear to my heart now after what happened to my boy,” she says.

Stephen, now 13, was playing near his home in August 2012 when he was knocked down by a car causing him to fracture his skull and lose consciousness. He was taken by land ambulance to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry where he was placed in an induced coma before being transferred by air to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“We were so very grateful that an air ambulance rushed him to intensive care for the urgent medical treatment he needed. It would have taken so much longer by car in busy traffic,” says Claire.

Thankfully Stephen made a full recovery after a stay in the high dependency unit and is now a healthy teenager with a black belt in kickboxing.

Though her son was rescued by a different service, Claire decided to raise money for her local air ambulance.

Teaching assistant Claire says her son was her inspiration to start running three years ago. She has had three knee operations and didn’t think she would be able to do it. But her determination means she has already completed several half marathons and one other full marathon – all to raise funds for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

“If I am really struggling when I am doing my training and I see the air ambulance flying overhead it motivates me to keep running,” she says.

Claire, aged 39, from Hillmorton, Rugby won her place in the Virgin London Marathon after entering a competition on social media to run with celebrities and VIPs in this year’s event.

“It is one of the things on my bucket list to do before my fortieth birthday so I am delighted to be taking part. Being able to raise money for the air ambulance at the same time makes it even better –  especially as the charity receives no government funding,” she says.

To sponsor Claire and help her reach her target of raising £500 for the local air ambulance log on to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=clairewragg

On average our services attend around 1,800 rescue missions per year.

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