As some of you will be aware, I took a fall whilst climbing in Dorset on 26th March 2022. I was very quickly put into a compromising position with my breathing rapidly deteriorating. I was lucky to have friends nearby who phoned for help (and who had to run for some miles to get signal) and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were quick to respond. The sound of an approaching helicopter brought such great relief given the circumstances! They were able to administer the appropriate first aid and get me into a much more comfortable state before getting me to hospital where I found out I had broken 6 ribs, collapsed my left lung and had a moderate tension pneumothorax.

Thanks to the rapid response of the air ambulance, I was able to get to hospital and the appropriate care given before my condition worsened. Initial reports coming back were saying that the land ambulance would be a couple of hours before they could get to me. Who knows what would have happened to me had that time elapsed. For that reason, I am very grateful to the DSAA for rescuing me and would like to raise money for the charity.

To do this, I will be running the Welsh3000s which covers 15 peaks over 50km and gaining nearly 4000m of ascent in the wonderful mountains of North Wales. I will be running with the intention of running from the first to last peak in under 12 hours.

Samuel Snowdon