Marathon Runner Raises £6k Despite Torn Ligament

Marathon Runner Raises £6k Despite Torn Ligament

A London Marathon runner crossed the finishing line with a torn ligament to raise more than £6,000 for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Joe Grange took on the challenge after being furloughed from his job as a golf professional.

“I had no challenges, no goals and felt like no purpose,” he said. On 1 April I went for my first run. Within two weeks I did 16K and lost two stone while finding a love of running.”

“I’ve watched the London Marathon with my dad every year and always admired those who are able to take part. This was about giving something back to the charity and in this case after a such a hard year for everyone.”

At six miles in, he tore a ligament in his foot but undeterred he went on to complete the marathon and smashed his fundraising target of £2,500 to bring in £6,062.

Joe added: “It was by far one of the best experiences of my life and it was a privilege raising money and running for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance – and thankyou to them for all the assistance they give us.”

Joe was one of five Gold Bond Place London Marathon runners who took on the challenge for LNAA and, together with those who ran a Virtual London Marathon, they have collectively raised more than £17,000.

Director of Fundraising David Martin said: “The determination shown by Joe is incredible. To finish the race and raise that amount is an absolutely fantastic achievement and I just hope that Joe thinks it was all worth it after tearing a ligament!

“The people who take on these challenges for us and raise funds have a direct impact on people’s lives as all the money they raise goes to enabling our crew of highly skilled doctors, paramedics and pilots to get to patients in their hour of need.”

Thinking of fundraising for us? Contact fundraising@ambucopter.org.uk and a member of the team will be happy to advise.