Marathon effort to raise money for MERU

Members of London Ambulance Service staff are limbering up for the fundraising run of their life in April when they will be taking part in the Virgin London Marathon in aid of MERU.

MERU marathon runners with Susan Brumpton Chief Executive of MERUThe charity, which is based in Epsom and covers all of London and the South East, designs and manufactures bespoke equipment for children and young adults with disabilities, when there is no other mainstream solution available on the market. The Service is hoping to raise £25,000 over the next two years for the organisation which was chosen by staff as the Chief Executive’s charity.

Chief Executive Peter Bradley said: “The marathon runners are a credit to the Service and I wish them the very best of luck both with the event and their fundraising efforts. We’re looking forward to working with MERU over the next two years and I know that the money raised by our staff will make a real difference to the lives of the children and families that the charity works with.”

MERU Chief Executive Susan Brumpton said: “To be chosen by the London Ambulance Service as its charity is a wonderful opportunity for us. Their efforts are very much appreciated by our staff, our volunteers and the children we help. We wish all the runners every success and will be cheering them on as they take part in the marathon!”

Anybody wishing to sponsor the marathon runners as a group can make a donation by visiting www.justgiving.com/lasmarathon

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Notes to editors

  • For a hi-res photo of the marathon runners with MERU, or for more information about this news release please contact the communications department on 020 7921 5113
  • Picture caption: L-R Arron Bonning, Mark Wright, Rod Bryant, Susan Brumpton (Chief Executive, MERU), Gary Robertson, Amy Laws, Scott Windley, Romana Skotzen
  • For more information about MERU, please visit http://www.meru.org.uk/ or call 01372 725203
  • Follow the ambulance service on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ldn_ambulance

Full list of staff running the London Marathon:

  • Arron Bonning, Tottenham
  • Rod Bryant, Newham
  • Luke Collyer, Homerton
  • DixieDean, City & Hackney
  • Roberta Evans, Hertfordshire university student and Waterloo relief
  • Steven Kime, Waterloo HQ
  • Amy Laws, Pinner
  • Jackie Neenan, Bow
  • John O’Keefe, Bow
  • Lynn Pearson, Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
  • Gary Robertson, West Ham
  • James Rouse, Shoreditch
  • Ian Scott, Deptford
  • Romana Skotzen, Tottenham
  • David Tunstall, Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
  • Lorna Turner, Greenwich
  • Scott Windley, Becontree
  • Mark Wright, Oval
  • Paul Young, Bromley