Get on board Events & fundraising Support a fundraiser Alison Whitford Ali, along with her husband Seth and their friend Jon Carket, will be testing their physical strength as well as their mental strength when they undertake the Hope 24 endurance challenge on 15 June 2019. In November 2018, Seth and Ali's son, Laird, required the assistance of DAA when he was involved in a rugby incident at Okehampton College, resulting in a potential spinal injury and which left him unable to move his arms. DAA attended the incident but Laird was conveyed to the RD&E by land ambulance. He has since gone on to make a full recovery. Ali said "We felt that we had wasted their (DAA) time and precious funds to come to us when we weren’t going to use the helicopter to get to the RD&E hospital. If the crew were disappointed, they never made us feel so. When we decided to do Hope 24 DAA was the obvious choice (to raise funds for), to try to make up for their trip, but also to keep them in the skies for reaching the remote parts of our beautiful county and responding to those in need." Hope 24 is a 24 hour running event with a 5.3 mile course, designed for teams or individuals to challenge themselves to run as far as possible in the given time. Ali, Seth and Jon have been training hard and since April they have been doing a combination of long and short runs weekly, as well weight training and cycling. They are aiming to complete 6 or 7 laps during the 24 hours. Ali added "We would love some support because the challenge is tough and none of us has done an event of this kind before. DAA is such an invaluable resource to all of us in Devon. We see the helicopter in the skies and pray we never need it, but last November, we needed it and it was there. Fortunately, Laird’s injury was not serious, but DAA go to the most horrific accidents, and them being there can be the difference between life and death, so we need to keep them flying. We live in a huge county, parts of which are difficult to access by road, so DAA can reach these areas much more easily than a land ambulance. Please help us raise some money and give us something to keep going in the wee small hours of June 16th!" Ali is aiming to raise £500 of fundraising for us at this year's Hope 24 on 15 June 2019. If you would like to help her reach her goal you can support her efforts on her fundraising page. Want to do your own fundraising? Complete our events form to tell us about your fundraising plans or you can find out what some of our other fundraisers are doing in support of Devon Air Ambulance.