Marathon challenge to boost air ambulance

The Sussex Air Ambulance
The Sussex Air Ambulance

A DAD is gearing up run a marathon in aid of a lifesaving service which saved the life of his mother-in-law.

Richard Holder, 32, of The Ridge, is in training for the Brighton Marathon in April in a bid to raise funds for the Sussex Air Ambulance. He was inspired to collect for the cause after his mother-in-law was airlifted to hospital 17 years ago.

“My mother-in-law had a brain haemorrhage and luckily the air ambulance came to her home in Maidstone and took her to the hospital,” said Mr Holder. “If it wasn’t for them she wouldn’t be here now.

“They do a really good job and it’s a good reason to get fit and raise some money at the same time.”

The Brighton Marathon is now in its second year and Mr Holder is not too daunted by the gruelling 26 mile challenge.

“I gave up smoking last January and did the Hastings Half Marathon in March because my missus said I wouldn’t be able to do it. I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the Brighton event in April.

“It’s a great cause and the more people who run for the air ambulance the better.”

The organisation still has places for runners and is appealing for anyone who is interested to get in touch with the entry deadline looming on February 4.

Bridget Pepper, the East Sussex county fundraiser for the air ambulance said: “This is traditionally a time of year, following the festive period, when people are looking for ways of keeping fit. Brighton Marathon is a fantastic way to do this but it requires a lot of training which is why we need people to sign up now.”

Last year runners for the air ambulance collected £20,000 and they are hoping to top that this year with the service costing £1.7 million a year to run.

To find out more call Bridget Pepper on 07800 649246 or visit

And to sponsor MrHolder visit