Viv’s marathon effort for air ambulance

Barry Daff and Viv Middlebrook
Barry Daff and Viv Middlebrook

A woman is lacing up her running shoes to tackle the London Marathon for a charity which saved her friend’s life.

Viv Middlebrook, 50, who lives in Foundry Road, Ryhall, is set to run in aid of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The charity proved to be a vital service when Viv’s friend Barry Daff was involved in a bad car crash in Tolethorpe Road.

The quick response of the air ambulance meant Barry, 60, who lives in Ryhall, was taken to the hospital within an hour, and despite critical injuries, he made a full recovery.

Viv said: “Barry would not be here today had it not been for the air ambulance rescuing him.

“The service’s rapid response meant that he reached hospital in the ‘golden hour’ and despite critical injuries, and against all the odds, pulled through.

“It’s going to be an amazing experience to run the marathon. It’s one of my lifetime dreams and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’m so grateful to Barry and the air ambulance for giving me this chance and I am proud to be running for such a worthwhile cause.”

The annual run takes place on April 21.

Viv has set herself a target of raising £4,000 for the charity.

Her challenge was helped greatly by a fundraising night at The Wicked Witch pub in Ryhall, which raised more than £2,000. Running club Stamford Striders have also sold cakes to raise extra funds.

Viv added: “The Wicked Witch team has been fantastically supportive. Everyone’s generosity has been overwhelming.”

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