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Suffolk local will complete 12 half marathons for lifesaving children’s charity

Suffolk local will complete 12 half marathons for lifesaving children’s charity

Iain Perry from Suffolk is challenging himself to run 12 half marathons throughout 2023 – one every month of the year -to support the lifesaving national charity, the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).

Iain, currently working for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) came up with the incredible feat after he had been challenged by his team leader to come up with a way to raise funds for a vital charity. He decided to support the lifesaving missions of the Children’s Air Ambulance – transferring critically ill babies and children to a hospital for specialist treatment in their hour of need.

Iain began the challenge in January by running 13.1 miles on a treadmill in his local gym, and will complete his remaining half marathons by undertaking a number of running events across the country, including; the Cambridge Half Marathon, London Landmarks Half Marathon, Kimbolton Half Marathon and Tissington Half Marathon.

Setting his target at £2023.00 on JustGiving, Iain will not only be raising funds through his running but also through organised events such as quiz nights and cake stalls.

Funding such as this provides an invaluable source of income for the children’s charity which relies on donations to keep its clinically designed helicopters flying and saving lives through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children from one hospital to another for specialist treatment.

“Working within the rail industry and as a former Police Officer of 30 years, I know the importance of the support the Children’s Air Ambulance provides for critically ill babies and children and their families,” said Iain Perry.

“The Children’s Air Ambulance receives no government or National Lottery funding, so it’s important that we all try and support this vital charity in any way that we can to keep the service operational. Together we can continue to help save the lives of critically ill babies and children up and down the UK,” he added.

Molly Norton, Community Fundraising Relationship Executive for the charity said:

“It’s wonderful to see members of our local community coming up with inventive ways to raise money for our national children’s charity. This ensures we can continue flying our lifesaving missions and leading the way in paediatric and neonatal aeromedical transfers.”

For those wishing to support Iain on his incredible challenge, please visit:

The charity is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing lifesaving high-speed transfers for critically ill babies and children in 2023. To help the charity mark this momentous milestone and support it so that its lifesaving missions can continue, why not visit a charity store and grab a bargain, donate preloved items, host a clothing bank, get involved in a challenge event, fundraise, make a one-off donation, or even sign up to volunteer. Your support will help to keep hope alive for patients and their families.

To learn more, or to support the charity, please visit: or call 0300 3047 999.