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Runners going the extra mile for Wales Air Ambulance

A group of runners has gone the extra mile for Wales Air Ambulance by raising over £10,000.

Margaret’s Milers is a group of individuals who formed to participate in the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise money and awareness of the helicopter charity after the crew attended to Andrew’s mother, Margaret.

Mrs Margaret Jenkins from Pembrokeshire suffered a serious heart attack whilst at home in Narberth in December 2016.

Wales Air Ambulance’s Welsh Flying Medics arrived on scene within twelve minutes of receiving the call and successfully managed to revive Margaret and restore her pulse.

Margaret was flown to Morriston Hospital, Swansea where despite the best efforts of the medical staff, Margaret sadly passed away later that afternoon.

Andrew fondly remembers his mum: “She was a well-known and well-loved Narberthian. She always had a smile and hello for anyone she met. My mother was also a much-loved dinner lady at Narberth CP School, and a part-time library assistant.

“As a thank you to the professionalism and dedication of the Wales Air Ambulance crew, I made the decision to raise money for the charity. In early 2017, I posted an invitation on Facebook for friends, family, and colleagues to join me in participating in the Cardiff Half Marathon. Immediately many people signed up to take part with me.”

A total of 40 people joined Andrew on his Cardiff Half Marathon challenge, which alongside various other events raised an incredible £10,700.

Andrew added: “We held several other events throughout the year including a bucket collection, a car treasure hunt, fun night, head shave, waxing, raffle, and an auction. Collectively all the events helped us reach over £10,000.”

Wales Air Ambulance community coordinator Katie Thomas said: “We would like to thank Andrew and everyone who supported him for this extremely generous donation. The money raised will help us keep our four helicopters flying for the people of Wales.”

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