A supporter of St John Scotland has completed his first marathon, raising money to support our life saving and life enhancing work.
Captain Alex Stewart of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, who is coming to the end of a 6-month tour of duty with the United Nations in Cyprus, raised more than £700 by completing the Paphos marathon at the start of this month. Alex took on the challenge in memory of a friend, who tragically died while taking part in the London Marathon two years ago.
Alex’s friend David Seath, also an Army captain, suffered a cardiac arrest just three miles short of the race finish in 2016. Despite being rushed to hospital, doctors were unable to save him and he passed away aged only 31.
Alex chose to raise money for St John Scotland, to support our work providing public access defibrillators across the country. Using a defibrillator alongside CPR can dramatically increase survival rates for cardiac arrest.
Supporters donated to Alex’s JustGiving page, helping him smash his original target of £500.
Alex said: “I usually wouldn’t even run for a bus, so running 26 miles was a real challenge! I'm pleased that I smashed my target and raised 150% of it for St John Scotland. It made the run a lot more bearable knowing that I was doing it for a good cause.”
You can read more about our work on public access defibrillators here: http://www.stjohnscotland.org.uk/projects/at-home/public-access-defibrillators