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Running For Charity: Why I chose To Run Reigate For The Children's Trust - by David Wheatcroft

David Wheatcroft has entered Intersport Run Reigate 2018, running for charity – The Children’s Trust – following his fantastic experience with them last year at Intersport Run Reigate 2017. David shares his views on Run Reigate and The Children’s Trust.

‘Being a local lad, I knew straight away the charity that I would run for would be The Children Trust.

Having worked at the charity for a short time in my teens, I knew what a wonderful charity it was and knew that any money I could raise for them would be of huge benefit to their cause.

The day itself at Run Reigate was amazing , the sun was shining and we were spurred on by the staff of The Children’s Trust all the way. The sense of achievement and relief as we crossed the line was overwhelming. We raised over £1500 to help this amazing charity, it made it all worthwhile. I cannot wait to Run Reigate again for The Children’s Trust!’

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex - Jim's Story

Last year alone, Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance helped over 2,000 people in life threatening conditions. Jim’s wife shares their experience with the Air Ambulance and how they helped to save his life.

‘It was a normal Sunday and my husband, Jim, had gone out cycling for the afternoon. As I was nine months pregnant, I was at home looking after our toddler.

It got late and Jim wasn’t home yet. I kept trying to call him and I felt something was wrong. My fear was confirmed when two police officers knocked on the door. They told me that Jim had been involved in a life-threatening accident and had been airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London.

Jim has no memory of the accident but must have somehow gone over the handlebars of his bike, his face and chest hitting the road first. His injuries included a broken spine, multiple breaks to his facial and jaw bones, a broken sternum and broken ribs. He also lost some teeth and suffered a bleed to his brain. Because of the severity of Jim’s injuries, the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance crew were called to the scene and their doctor and paramedic anaesthetised him there at the roadside. The anaesthetic enabled them to take control of his airway which was at risk of becoming blocked by blood. Also, as he had suffered a bleed to his brain, the anaesthetic was crucial in preventing additional swelling.

Five days after the accident, whilst Jim was still in an induced coma, our daughter Mabel was born. To say that this was a traumatic and troubling time would be a huge understatement. I didn’t know if Jim would even pull through to meet our new baby and I had no idea what the future now had in store for our young family. Jim was in an induced coma for one week and in intensive care for a further two weeks.

Thankfully, Jim made an amazing recovery and is here with us, where he belongs. Without the fast response from this amazing charity, I don’t know if Jim would still be here today or what kind of brain injury he could have been left with.’

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance need your support to keep them flying high. Why not enter Intersport Run Reigate to raise money for Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust?

Running For St Catherine's Hospice

One of the founding members of Team StCH – Jo Stow shares her experiences with running for St Catherine’s. Jo Stow has run 7 marathons over the last few years, raising almost £25,000 for St Catherine’s! Below she explains why she loves being part of Team StCH.

Why Do I Run?

‘I run for the freedom, to escape, to think, to not think, to release endorphins, for the feel-good factor, when I’m happy, when I’m sad – I generally find that going for a run solves anything and everything!

Why St Catherine’s Hospice?

I chose to support St Catherine’s in memory of my younger brother, Andy. He was in his first term at university when he was diagnosed with cancer. Andy had excellent care from some of the top doctors in London, but when it became obvious that there was nothing more that they could do to help him, it was the staff at St Catherine’s who supported Andy over his last few weeks and allowed him to achieve his wish of being able to stay at home with his friends and family around him, keeping him both safe and comfortable.

I started running as a way to get my own space, and to escape. It gave me time to think, to process what was going on, and sometimes time to not have to think, just to listen to my music, or to the birds singing. It was so easy to get started and I didn’t need any fancy gear. I’ve done other events; cycling, walking, but running is my favourite!

St Catherine’s is a very special place to me. Running for and raising money for Team StCH allows me to do something amazing in memory of my brother and help other people in his situation. When it’s cold, dark or wet outside, the motivation of knowing I’m running for Team StCH and fundraising for St Catherine’s helps me to lace up my trainers and get out there!

My top fundraising tip for anyone who hasn’t run an event for charity before is to blog about your marathon training, it’s great to look back on, and a great way to show friends and family how hard you’re training, and what you’re giving up to achieve your goal. I’ve always found that rain drenched and muddy selfies get the most likes, and help with the donations!

If you’re thinking about running a half marathon or 10k for St Catherine’s, then JUST DO IT! The sense of achievement when you cross the finish line and receive your medal is out of this world, and will create memories that will last forever. Yes, the training is hard, but it is totally worth it, and the team at St Catherine’s will be there to help you, and cheer you on race day!’

Feeling inspired? Sign for the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon, 10k or 5k race for Team StCH. Don’t delay and contact the Events Team to find out more! Either email events@stch.org.uk or call 01293 447355.