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Mother takes on the Great North Run to thank WAA for airlifting her son

A mother is taking on the Great North Run in aid of the helicopter charity who came to the aid of her son.

Alison Johnson is training for the famous race in September, to raise donations for Wales Air Ambulance to thank the charity for helping her son, Adam.

In December 2008, Adam Johnson was on leave from the Army when he was involved in a road traffic collision near Mold.

Alison said: “I was in work, and I remember a Police Officer and my sister arriving to tell me about the accident.

“They had no idea how serious his injuries were, but took me to the hospital in Wrexham. Adam underwent emergency surgery and was placed in an induced coma for 11 days.

“He spent four months in Wrexham, and a further seven months at Clatterbridge Neuro rehab unit.”

The first-time runner will be taking on the largest half marathon in the UK, to thank the Wales Air Ambulance for attending the incident.

The charity’s North Wales aircraft airlifted Adam to Ysbyty Wrexham Maelor Hospital, to get the specialist care he needed as quickly as possible.

“Wales Air Ambulance flew him to hospital, and the speed and expertise of the paramedic on board were the key factors that saved his life.

“I will be forever grateful to the emergency services who attended that day, but more so to the Wales Air Ambulance. Because, without their efforts, he would not be here today.” Alison added.

In September Alison will join over 50,000 people at the start line, to run the race to fundraise for Wales Air Ambulance.

Alison will be joined by her daughter, Siân, running the route around Newcastle together, collecting donations from friends and family to help fund the charity’s missions.

Each of Wales Air Ambulance’s missions costs around £1,500, and the charity needs to raise £6.5 million every year to fund its operations across Wales.

Lynne Garlick, Wales Air Ambulance North Wales Fundraising Manager, said: “As a charity, we rely on kind donations and support to keep our four helicopters flying.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Alison and Siân for their support, and we are so grateful that they are fundraising for us after we airlifted Adam.

“Every mile they run in the Great North Run will help to fund our missions across Wales, and will help to save lives.”

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