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London Marathon: Rescued teacher’s second run

A PE teacher is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for the second time to raise funds for the local air ambulance that came to her rescue when she was seriously injured in a motorway accident in 2013.

Lucy Dawkins (27) sustained serious head injuries – including a fractured skull and laceration to the back of the head – when her car aquaplaned on surface water and collided with a barrier before rebounding into the central reservation on the M42 in October 2013.

Her injuries meant that she needed a quick transfer to the nearest trauma centre. She was airlifted to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for urgent treatment by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

“I had always wanted a ride in a helicopter but not as an accident casualty. I do not remember much about the incident as I was sedated for the transfer,” she says.

Lucy, from Hagley in Worcestershire, made a full recovery after 5 months with the loss of her sense of smell the only lasting damage.

“I’m just so grateful to the crew for coming to rescue me. If it wasn’t for their quick response and public donations, I might not be here today. Nobody ever knows when they might need the services of an air ambulance, and it’s so important that people support the team and help them continue their lifesaving work,” she says.

Lucy raised over £10,000 for us when she completed the London Marathon in 2015. This year she is taking part with her father Martin who is running for The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre at Nottingham Trent University.

“The aim this time is to complete the marathon together and, at the same time, raise as much as I can for the air ambulance.  The charity receives no government funding and as each rescue mission they undertake costs approximately £1,700 I believe it is vital to support them,” she says.

Fancy doing your own fundraising challenge? Click here for more information.

It costs about £36 for enough aviation fuel to fly for 10 minutes.

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