A critical care paramedic from St Austell is gearing up to take on the London Marathon in his full Cornwall Air Ambulance kit.

Paul Maskell, who represents Team GB in the 24hr Ultramarathon World Championships, will be taking on the challenge on Sunday, April 21, to help raise vital funds for the charity’s #HELi2 Appeal.

The appeal is aiming to raise £2.85-million to help secure a second AW169 helicopter for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, boosting the resilience of the service and helping the crew to attend more missions by air, and to save even more lives. 

Paul said: “Our critical care paramedic uniform is heavy, non-breathable, fire retardant and generally not that flexible. Without a doubt, it will be a gruelling challenge. 

“The heavy and cumbersome nature of the kit adds an extra layer of difficulty. 

“Yet despite the challenges, I'm determined to achieve a sub three hour finish time.

“I'd be so grateful if you could help me raise as much money as possible for an amazing, local cause.”

People can support Paul’s fundraising ahead of the London Marathon via his JustGiving page, which can be found by visiting www.justgiving.com/page/paul-maskell-1710953904682