Sussex pair in 2,500-mile drive for air ambulance cash

Richard Grant and James Firth
Image caption The pair will take it in turns to drive in order to visit all 18 charities in three days

Two friends have set out to visit every air ambulance charity in the UK in a 2,500-mile (4,023 km) sponsored drive over three days.

Richard Grant, 32, and James Firth, 30, started their journey in Yorkshire on Saturday and will finish in Sussex.

Funds raised will be donated to the Sussex helicopter run by the air ambulance service covering Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

Mr Grant said driving was less gruelling than running a marathon.

The pair, from Crawley and Haywards Heath, will visit 18 air ambulance charities in total.

"Few people realise what an air ambulance does until they have a need to use it and we always hope that would never happen," Mr Grant said.

"We felt it was such a needy and invaluable cause which deserves support. I would hate to think of someone's life being compromised as a result of it not being able to attend."

They are aiming to raise more than £1,000 for the Sussex air ambulance and will take it in turns to drive.

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