Army doctor’s marathon fundraising
An army doctor will be taking this year’s
Virgin Money London Marathon in his stride to support the life
saving work of St John Ambulance.
Leading by example
Dr Danny Sharpe, 30, who lives in Southwark,
is an SJA trustee and decided to attempt his first marathon to
demonstrate his commitment to the nation’s leading first aid
Danny confesses: ‘I hate running and I’ve
never even done a half marathon before! But as a St John Ambulance
trustee I felt it was important to lead by example.
‘We want people to fundraise for
us so I thought I’d better get out there and show everyone
how much I believe in the vital work we do – even if I end up
dragging myself across that finish line!’
As an A&E specialist based in London,
Danny is well aware of the vital importance of first
aid. He wants to see people of all ages equipping
themselves with the basic skills needed to save a life in a medical
He learned first aid as a young St John
Ambulance Cadet and has gone on to use his advanced medical skills
in the most extreme circumstances, including deployments in
Afghanistan and Kenya.
He has already raised more than £2,000 which
will support the charity’s mission to equip more people with life
saving skills. Donations can be made at Danny's Virgin Money
First aiders help runners finish the race
Danny will be among nearly 200 runners
fundraising for SJA in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on
13 April. The race route will be lined with SJA first aiders, ready
to treat runners and spectators for a wide range of injuries and
More than 1,000 SJA volunteers from all over
the country will be on duty with approximately one volunteer for
every 35 metres of the 26.2 mile course
They will include first aiders, doctors,
nurses and paramedics who will man 45 ambulances and 52 first aid
The huge first aid
operation will enable many runners - who might otherwise
be forced to withdraw from the race due to minor injury or illness
- to cross the finishing line.
St John Ambulance has been providing first aid
for the London Marathon throughout the 33-year history of the race.
Last year they treated people with problems ranging from blisters
to more serious medical conditions commonly associated with
endurance events, including dehydration, stress fractures and
SJA’s Community and Events manager Beverley
Russell said: ‘We’re so grateful to Danny for taking on this huge
challenge on our behalf – he will be quite literally running for
other people’s lives.
‘The first aid training we provide in local
communities across the country gives people the skills needed to be
the difference between life and death.’
Fancy following in Danny's footsteps?
Inspired by Danny’s story and fancy taking on the challenge for
a great cause next year? Then join Team SJA in the Virgin Money London
Marathon 2015. Runners have access to a dedicated marathon
co-ordinator and receive an SJA running vest, advice on nutrition,
fundraising and training in the lead-up to the event and a stand at
the Virgin Money London Marathon exhibition.
On race day they’re supported by an official SJA cheering point
and are rewarded with a post-race reception which includes a
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