Father completes marathon run for daughter’s rescuers

Jason Denny with his daughter Pearl
Jason Denny with his daughter Pearl

AN EASTBOURNE runner crossed the finish line of the Brighton Marathon on Sunday (April 15) to raise money for Sussex Air Ambulance which saved his daughter’s life.

Jason Denny completed the running challenge in three hours 45 minutes and was greeted at the finish line by his daughter five-year-old daughter Pearl Denny.

Little Pearl was a passenger in a car which was involved in a road traffic collision in Ashford, Kent, in June, 2010. She and the 33-year-old driver were given emergency treatment at the scene before Pearl was airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London.

The driver was also taken to the major trauma centre by the charity’s second helicopter and both have since made a full recovery.

Jason, who lives in Meads, said he wanted to do something to repay Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance for saving his daughter’s life and felt the Brighton marathon would fit the bill.

He said, “If it was not for the rapid response of the helicopter I’m not sure that she would have made a full recovery so I will always be indebted to them.”

Jason donned an air ambulance t-shirt and joined the thousands of fundraisers running the 26-mile route around the streets in and around Brighton. Jason explained the life saving efforts of the charity kept him going through the difficult times during the gruelling run.

He said, “There were a few moments when it got quite tough.

“At mile 23 I suddenly felt really tired but as I ran along I reflected on what the air ambulance did for my daughter. That’s what kept me going.”