London Marathon 2011

This weekend I was in London to support my brother running the Marathon. As some of you may know, my brother was running in aid of the Warwickshire and Northampton Air Ambulance in memory of our Grampy who was very suddenly taken from us last September. After suffering a very severe stroke, he was airlifted to hospital but despite being a fighter, he was left too badly brain damaged to pull through. However, without the fantastic work of the Air Ambulance, he would not even have had the chance to fight. The helicopter provided by this charitable organisation carries a senior doctor or consultant as well as paramedics to the accident, meaning they are able to start life-saving medical care at the scene of the accident. The chances of survival and reduction in severe disabilities are greatly enhanced if critical care is commenced in the Golden Hour after the accident. Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance responds to an average of 110 emergencies per month, in the Warwick area.  Each mission costs £850.  This local charitable organisation needs the local population to donate over £1.4million each year to provide this much needed service to the Warwick area. I love my job and losing such a special person from my life really hit home how precious life is, and how it can be suddenly snatched away. Being able to capture images that mean so much but will inevitably mean so much more as time goes on is such a privilege, and so when my brother was accepted into running the marathon this year I pledged to sponsor him £50 for every wedding booking that I took up until he ran. So on Sunday my brother compelted the marathon after an absolutely gruelling 26.2 miles in scorching heat. He suffered really bad blisters 8 miles in and was in absolute agony running on raw skin. He’ll be walking on his tip toes for a few days I think! It was absolute sheer determination that got him through and it doesnt matter that his time was longer than he had hoped because what matters is the reason that he was doing it and I for one know that our Grampy would be so so proud. As am I. (And big respect for then being up at 9am the next day to sit your MA exam)

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