One local woman has taken fundraising to new heights to raise money for her favourite charity.
While some people may run a marathon to support their preferred good cause and others may take part in a sky dive, Laura Dickeson chose to do both.
Laura, from Acle in Norfolk, began her fundraising for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) back in May when she completed the Edinburgh Marathon in just over five hours. She then celebrated her 25th birthday on 9 August by taking part in a skydive at Beccles Airfield to raise further funds.
Laura also organised a bingo event to raise money for the charity with help from her parents Linda and David and her Nanny Joan. She had fantastic support from local companies which donated prizes for the event and helped to make it a success.
Talking about why she decided to support the air ambulance Laura said: “I really appreciate what the East Anglian Air Ambulance does, and I wanted the money I raised to go to a charity that helps to save peoples’ lives”. About the marathon, she added: “I felt amazing when I finished but I’m never doing another marathon again. It was 25 degrees and I was so lacking in sugar I even took sweets from a sweaty kids hand!”
Amy Greenwood, fundraiser for EAAA, said: “We have some wonderful fundraisers who support the charity but many choose just to do one of these things to support us. To do so much is incredible and we can’t thank Laura enough for what she’s done to help the charity. We just hope she takes a well-earned rest now!”
Laura raised a total of £750 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the donation will go towards ensuring that the specialist doctor and critical care paramedics who fly aboard the aircraft, can continue to reach those who need emergency medical attention, when and where they need it most.
To find out more about the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance visit www.eaaa.org.uk or call 08450 669 999 to talk to someone about volunteering for the charity or about an event you’re running to raise money.