A Southend mum will run the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of the Essex & Herts Ambulance

A Southend mum will run the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of the Essex & Herts Ambulance (EHAAT) in April.

Karen Drew ran two half marathons in Southend and Brentwood last year, but it is the first time she will be taking on the challenge of the London event. She was inspired to take part after her eldest son, Jacob, now 18, was involved in a motorcycle accident on 31st March, 2017.

Karen said: “I knew of the Air Ambulance but didn’t realise it was a charity. They attended to my son when he had the accident. He had two collapsed lungs at the scene and was put to sleep and flown to the Royal London Hospital. Amazingly, a week later he walked out of hospital and he is now back to full health, but doesn’t remember the accident at all.

“EHAAT saved his life and I feel I have a debt to repay. This is my way of doing it.”

A week after her son’s accident, Karen’s husband Steve ran a 10,000 metre race and raised over £2,000 for the Charity.

Karen has been following a training programme which involves track running, hills and sprints, running as part of a club three times a week and completing one run on her own each week.

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