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Harrogate marathon man hands over thousands to helicopter heroes

Harrogate marathon man hands over thousands to helicopter heroes

Published at 2:08pm 9th May 2017.

A Harrogate police officer has given Yorkshire Air Ambulance nearly £6,000 after completing the London Marathon.

Traffic Sergeant Paul Cording decided to take on the challenge to raise money for the charity which he works with regularly.

He said: "With my job, I am on the scene of quite a lot of fatal and life-changing road traffic collisions and I see at first hand the amazing work the Yorkshire Air Ambulance do.

"I cover the whole of North Yorkshire, which has 6,000 miles of road covering everything from very rural areas to major towns and coastal resorts, and the air ambulance can get everywhere in such a short period of time.

"I see on a weekly basis the benefits the service brings in getting patients to major trauma centres within that first golden hour, so they have the very best chance of survival and recovery."

Paul is a regular hockey player, rather than a runner, but completed the 26.2 miles in under five hours and would recommend the experience to everyone.

He added: "It was a really great day, and such a humbling experience. I have been just blown away by people's generosity. I had an initial target of £500 and I've raised nearly £6,000 with Gift Aid, which is just amazing."

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which serves five million people across Yorkshire and carries out over 1,250 missions every year, needs to raise £12,000 every day.

Linda Stead, North Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for the charity, said: "We work in very close partnership with all the emergency services and we are very grateful to Paul for his amazing achievement - not just in running 26 miles, but in raising so much money for us."