Raising money for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Posted: Tuesday 2nd June 2019

Sara Shipway from Hedge End branch and Sally Hake and Joe Kingshott-Taylor from Winchester branch participated in the Runway Run at Southampton airport last weekend. Sara has written a guest blog to tell you all about it!

“At 4am on Sunday 23rd June the alarm clocks bleeped for Sally, Joe and myself. We donned our running shoes and joined a phenomenal 997 other runners to take part in a special race along the runway of Southampton Airport. This is a unique 5k event, closing the runway to air traffic to raise money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

The HIOWAA brings an advanced critical care team to emergency patients in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight when they need it most. Highly skilled crews of doctors, paramedics and pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes. It currently costs in excess of £15,000 a day to maintain this life-saving service. HIOWAA are a not-for-profit organisation and run completely on donations and fundraising by the public.

Available both day and night, 365 days a year, the Air Ambulance Critical Care Team is called out many times a day to attend to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other fact at the time of writing 273 missions had been carried out so far this year.

We chose to take part in this challenge in the knowledge that our efforts were keeping the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. Plus when do you ever get the opportunity to run down an airway? It was an amazing atmosphere, with a beautiful sunrise. Many people were even running in fancy dress for a prize of the best 999 theme.

So far we have raised a fantastic £227.50 between us, with donations still coming in. Currently the event has raised over £25,000 in total.

If you would like to donate to keep this life saving charity operating, you can go to our justgiving page ( or or if you would like to make a regular donation details can be found on the HIOWAA website here.

Contact your local branch today.

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