Back, from left, Dr Maria Kratz; critical care paramedic Jordan van Noortwijk; consultant supervisor Sarah McNeilly. Front, from left, Lap of Anglia volunteer Mark Goodman; EAAA community fundraiser Zoe Harris; cyclist Chris Marshall; Adrian Flux representative Matt Allen; EAAA director of engagement and income Stuart Wyle and Lap of Anglia organiser John Bradley. Picture: Lap of Anglia

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) emergency service charity has been given a record-breaking donation of £51,268. 

The money was raised following the four-day Adrian Flux Lap of Anglia, which saw 70 cyclists take part in the gruelling 435-mile challenge.

Zoe Harris, community fundraiser for EAAA, said: “We are so incredibly grateful to the Lap of Anglia for their continued support of EAAA, with this being the 9th Lap to date. 

“This year I decided to take part in the Lap alongside the 69 other riders and saw first-hand the incredible challenge that this really is, and that so many of the riders take on year after year.”

Three months ago, the EAAA became a 24/7 service and has attended more than 300 missions since. 

“With each mission costing on average £3,500, the Lap of Anglia should be proud to know they are funding 14 missions with this incredible donation and helping EAAA to save more lives throughout East Anglia, day and night,” said Mrs Harris.

And having former patient Chris Marshall within the cycling team was “an incredible boost for morale” at the toughest points of the ride, she added.

Following the Lap of Anglia, which was held two months ago, Mr Marshall, of Sheringham, presented the donation to the EAAA on Tuesday on behalf of the participants.

More than £7,500 of the total amount was raised by Mr Marshall for the service he said he would “forever be indebted to”.

Last May, while cycling in Cromer, he was struck by a car from behind. 

The EAAA crew treated Mr Marshall on the roadside for 90 minutes before airlifting  him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

“Without them I simply wouldn’t be here,” he said. “I wanted to do this to prove to myself I can, and that thanks to the work of the EAAA, the wonderful staff at Addenbrooke’s ICU and all the aftercare I’ve received, as well as the support of my amazing wife and children and other family and super network of friends, I have proved I can.Not a single day passes where I don’t realise how lucky I am.”

Entries are now open for next year’s challenge, visit www.lapofanglia.co.uk