Shelagh and East Anglia Air Ambulance

The Archdeacon of Lynn, the Venerable John Ashe and his daughter Lucy are running 10 miles for the Air Ambulance which saved his wife Shelagh’s life

Archdeacon’s charity run aids air ambulance

Emma Knights, EDP 24

Last updated: 21/03/2010 21:51:00

The Archdeacon of Lynn knows only too well how much of a lifesaver the East Anglian Air Ambulance can be after his wife was helped by the service following a road crash.

Now the Ven John Ashe, 57, is asking people to join him and one of his three daughters on a charity run called The Archdeacon’s Charge at Barningham Hall, in Matlaske, on Easter Monday to raise funds for this vital service and the Diocese of Norwich.

It was November 15 last year when Mr Ashe’s wife Shelagh was seriously injured in a head-on collision on the A1067 near Lenwade as she was driving home to Sparham.

Mrs Ashe, a 55-year-old garden designer, said: “I have no memory until almost a week later but according to eye witnesses there was a big head-on collision, an ambulance came and summoned the air ambulance which brought a doctor to the scene. The doctor treated me at the roadside and the air ambulance took me to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.”

Mrs Ashe’s most serious injury was a tear in her aorta, and she was transferred to a cardiothoracic unit in Basildon for an eight-hour lifesaving operation. Doctors later told her only about one or two people in 10 ever make it to hospital alive with that type of injury.

“The speed of getting the doctor to the roadside and getting me to the N&N was critical,” Mrs Ashe said.

“When it finally sunk in what had happened, I did have the sense of being incredibly fortunate really, hearing how lucky I was to survive, and that it could have gone the other way so easily. I am very grateful to all the medical staff who have been so fantastic. “Without them I do not think I would be here today.”

Mrs Ashe also suffered punctured lungs, a lacerated kidney, 11 broken bones, a head wound, a hematoma on both her knees, damage to her right elbow, lacerations and friction burns to her face. She spent three weeks in hospital before being allowed home and she is now making a good recovery.

Mr Ashe said: “Without the air ambulance which brought a doctor to the roadside and airlifted Shelagh to the N&N, she would not be alive today. I discovered that the air ambulance is called out on life-saving missions four or five times every day but it is funded solely by voluntary donations and needs over £3million each year. I now want to do something to raise funds for them.”

Their daughter Lucy Ashe, 21, who will be taking part in The Archdeacon’s Charge, added: “All of the medical staff were amazing but without the air ambulance they would not have had the opportunity to be so fantastic. The air ambulance is very important to our family and it also makes you realise how important it could be for other families in the future.”

Thomas and Amelia Courtauld have opened up Barningham Hall’s park, woods and garden for The Archdeacon’s Charge which consists of a 3.3 mile course that can be completed once, twice or, three times.

Walkers are also welcome. A £10 donation is requested from individuals or families taking part and this will be divided between the air ambulance and the Diocese of Norwich.

People need to be at Barningham Hall by 10.30am on Easter Monday for an 11am start. While people can just turn up on the day, Mr Ashe would prefer them to contact him in advance.

The Archdeacon and Miss Ashe hope to raise £5,000 by doing the 10 mile run.

Pictured above is Ven John Ashe on a training run with daughter Lucy.

Network, West Norfolk

Norfolk Archdeacon set to run for air ambulance

A Norfolk Archdeacon is planning an Easter Monday charity run to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which literally saved the life of his wife Shelagh, and for the Diocese of Norwich, and is appealing for others to join him.

Ven John Ashe, 57, the Archdeacon of Lynn, is asking people to join him and his daughter Lucy on a 10-mile charity run called The Archdeacon’s Charge at Barningham Hall, in Matlaske, on Easter Monday from 11am to raise funds for this vital service and the Diocese of Norwich.

“In my work as Archdeacon of Lynn, I originally planned a sponsored run to raise money for the work and ministry of the Diocese of Norwich, work which is largely funded through the “Parish Share” system by which every church contributes to the cost,” said John.

“My hope was to bring a little fun into the raising of Parish Share and demonstrate what a good and important cause it is.  It funds work in parishes across the diocese which costs approximately £11 million each year.

“On November 15 last year, my wife, Shelagh, was involved in a serious road accident. After extensive surgery, she is making a good recovery, but without the East Anglian Air Ambulance which brought a doctor to the roadside and air-lifted Shelagh to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Shelagh would not be alive today.

“It is for this reason that We now plan to divide the proceeds of the run with the Air Ambulance which is called out on life-saving missions four or five times each day.  It is funded solely by voluntary donations and needs to find over £3 million each year.

“We will be running 10 miles and invite others to join us for all or part of this (set your own distance) to run or to walk.  To join us, we ask for a £10 donation and then invite you to find your own sponsorship, giving half to these two excellent causes and the other half for a charity of your own choice.

Families are welcome – with just one donation of £10 per household.  The course will be 3.3 miles which participants are welcome to complete once, twice – or even three times to complete a 10 mile run.  Walkers are also welcome and there will be a slightly shorter circuit for them to complete.  If you would like more details of how to join in, please email me at archdeacon.lynn@norwich.anglican.org .”

Archdeacon successfully completes sponsored run

Posted on Tuesday 6 April 2010

The Archdeacon of Lynn, John Ashe, has successfully completed his sponsored run on Easter Monday to raise money for the Air Ambulance and the Diocese.

“The run was fantastically supported despite the weather trying to put us off.  There were 48 runners taking part and over 60 people who walk.

Although this was not a race as such, first past the post was Martin Clues from the Triangular Forum (running club – Im really not sure this is how you spell it) and the first Lady to finish was John’s own daughter Lucy in a time of 1 hour 20 minutes.

John’s own goal was to do the run in under 1 hour 30 minutes and he did it in 1 hour 29 minutes!

Money raised so far totals just under £8,500 with sponsorship money from the walkers and runners still to come through.

John said this is a fantastic achievement.  From the first very small idea for him and Lucy to run just themselves for Shelagh, the event mushroomed into a good family event with a fantastic amount raised for both the Diocese and the Air Ambulance.

Grateful thanks to all who took part and donated.  Any further donations still gratefully received on John’s sponsorship page.”