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HIOWAA Heroes at the Great South Run

Monday 22nd October

Fifteen Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) heroes gave up their Sunday morning lay in to run 10 miles for our Charity!

They were amongst 20,000 other runners who were all looking to support their chosen charity or pick up a new personal best at the 28th Great South Run. (Sunday 21st October).

Among our HIOWAA Heroes was Angela Lewis. She chose to run for us after her daughter, Laura, had a sporting accident in 2008 and was airlifted to hospital. Angela told us:

“Laura was 11 years old at the time and she loved football! She was good at it too and played for Lee Rangers and Lee-on-Solent Juniors Girls football team.

“Laura was playing an inter school football match at Peel Common Junior School on Wednesday 2nd July 2008, when she was tripped and landed heavily on her neck. Staff rushed to her side when she didn’t get back up and that was when she told them she couldn’t feel her legs.

“Fearing the worst, an ambulance was called and the call desk dispatched Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as well. The Air Ambulance had only been operating for a year at this time. The onboard Critical Care Team were brilliant with her and had very calming voices. They gave Laura a lot of strong medication before repositioning her and putting her onto the spinal board. Soon after this she was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.

Laura was immobilised, and I spent the night by her side. It was dreadful not knowing if she was going to be alright. Following another assessment, a full MRI scan and x-rays, the results showed that Laura, thankfully, didn’t have any fractures or alignment injury, but severe bruising. She was allowed home the following day but had to have a neck collar on for a couple of weeks. She was back to playing football a few months after that!”

Laura is now 21 years old and studying Plant Science at Worcester University.

Collectively our 15 HIOWAA Heroes have raised over £7,000 for us!

Ian Browning, Community Engagement Manager for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance commented:

“The Great South Run is such a fantastic event and we’re so grateful to everyone who gave up their time, not just on race day, but the training commitments in the lead up to it as well. It’s an enormous ask for anyone and then to fundraise as well just shows their dedication to helping our cause. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance doesn’t receive any government funding. We rely entirely on the people in our community to keep us flying and these incredible HIOWAA Heroes have done just that. Thank you.”

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