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NORWICH: Running in gratitude

18 May 2010

by Margaret Duggan

WITHOUT the help of the East Anglian Air Service, the Archdeacon of Lynn, the Ven. John Ashe (above with his daughter, Lucy), is sure that his wife, Shelagh, would have died. She was involved in a head-on collision in a road accident last November, and was critically injured. The Air Ambulance brought a doctor to the roadside, and she was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where she underwent life-saving surgery.

The Archdeacon tells me she is now making good progress. He had already been planning to hold a sponsored run on Easter Monday, to raise money for work and ministry in the diocese of Norwich; so he decided to go ahead and share whatever money was raised by the event between the diocese and the Air Ambulance Service.

On a 3.3-mile course at Barningham Hall, he invited runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to do one or more circuits, and more than 100 people turned up, including one person in a wheelchair who completed two miles. They raised just over £10,000, plus more money for other good causes. It was such a success that he is hoping to make it an annual event, and to find another Norfolk estate where it can take place next Easter Monday.

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