Over 40 runners are taking part in Cardiff Half Marathon, in memory of Margaret Jenkins.
Margaret’s Milers will be running the 13.1-mile course around the capital city in her memory, and to raise donations for the welsh helicopter charity which came to her aid.
The team of runners was set up by Margaret’s son, Andrew Jenkins, to run the Cardiff Half Marathon in memory of his mother.
Margaret suffered a massive heart attack in the NFU Office, Narberth. Wales Air Ambulance was called to help Margaret, arriving on the scene within 12 minutes, landing on the local cricket pitch.
The crew worked hard and revived Margaret, airlifting her to Morriston Hospital, but sadly the crew and hospital staff were unable to save her and she passed away later that afternoon.
To thank the crew for attending the scene, Andrew put together a team of runners to take on the October half marathon to raise funds for the charity.
In January Andrew posted a call to action on Facebook, inviting friends and family to join him in participating in the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2017, to raise funds and awareness for the charity.
Within a few months, the group had risen to 42 runners, made up of all ages and physical capabilities, running the course to raise donations.
Margaret’s Milers will set off from the start line on October 1, collecting sponsorship to raise donations for Wales Air Ambulance.
The group have also been hosting charity disco nights, fun days, and raffles to fundraise for the charity.
Every year, the Welsh helicopter charity needs to raise £6.5 million to keep its four helicopters flying, with each of its missions costing £1,500.
The 42 runners visited WAA at the charity’s airbase in Llanelli, to visit the crew and see the charity’s South Wales aircraft, in preparation for their race later this year.
Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance, said: “As a charity, we rely on kind support and donations to fund our missions across the country.
“We are incredibly touched that Andrew and Margaret’s Milers would fundraise for Wales Air Ambulance in memory of Margaret, and take on the Cardiff Half in aid of us.
“Their support will keep our helicopters flying across Wales, to help people in their hour of need.”
If you would like to sponsor Margaret’s Milers, please click here: www.justgiving.com/margaretsmilers
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