Blakes 7

Miles for Missions

We made it!

What a fabulous challenge this has been!

Blakes 7 have all had such fun clocking up the miles and seeing all the generous donations and messages coming in. To celebrate the end of this event and the amazing amount we have raised we all saved one last mile for Steve to join us to complete the challenge as a family, followed by a celebration together.

We have been truly overwhelmed by the response to our challenge and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has donated.  We proudly support this amazing charity to enable them to continue with their fantastic lifesaving missions.

Family Fun In Devon

Blake's 7 spent last week in Devon with Steve and the rest of the family. We covered some decent miles together a mixture of walking, running and biking and if trampolining and surfing were allowed we would have covered even more!
Blake's 7 are really overwhelmed with the amount they have raised so far and hope raise some more before the Mission ends.
We are all enjoying this event and are planning a family get together to do the last mile with Steve.

Team Blakes7 are all set to go.

Team Blakes 7 met up for a pre start Miles for Missions gathering. We are all looking forward to the challenge and are so grateful for all the sponsors we have had so far.

BLAKES 7 are raising money for the HEMS HEROES

We are stepping up to show our support for London’s Air Ambulance Charity by taking up the mission to walk the equivalent length of the London border. Miles for Missions is a challenge to complete 116 miles between June 21st and midnight 20th September, to help raise vital funds for this lifesaving service.

Early on New Year’s Day 2021 our lovely Steve was out jogging when he was hit by a car that was travelling at 50mph. The driver ran from the scene. An onlooker called the ambulance and sat with Steve until they arrived. This person was his first life saver because he provided information that resulted in HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) being alerted and dispatched, which only happens around 5 times a day. When they arrived at the scene Steve was being worked on by a team of paramedics, however, it soon became clear that due to fractures to his pelvis, he was suffering catastrophic internal bleeding which meant that he would not survive.

The HEMS team were forced to place Steve into an induced coma at the scene and to use ‘REBOA’. This is a technique where a catheter is inserted into a major blood vessel and a balloon inflated, blocking all blood supply to the lower half of the body in order to maintain blood pressure. The team were with Steve for over an hour at the roadside and during this time his blood pressure dropped to 37/20. REBOA is rarely used and carries many risks, so is only used if the patient will not make it to hospital. We are eternally thankful for the HEMS team and have since been lucky enough to thank them personally over a zoom call.

The amazing efforts of the HEMS team meant that Steve survived the journey to hospital where a team of approximately 30 nurses, doctors, and specialists were waiting for him. He had three operations and was in a coma for 5 days. As a result of the accident he suffered damage to the base of his spine, fractures to his pelvis and right femur, broken ribs, a crack to his kneecap, nerve damage and torn ligaments, along with micro bleeds in his brain. He will require further operations and is currently undergoing intensive physio. For the time being he relies on crutches to get around but is still without a doubt one of the most positive, focused, and resilient people that you could ever hope to meet.

As a family we have gone through many emotions since the accident but what shines above all is the immense gratitude that we have for the Air Ambulance Team who, along with the help of a larger team, saved Steve’s life. The thought of any other outcome would be totally unbearable. We owe them so much.

Due to this we have decided to create a team, Blake’s 7 (only the oldies will know this show) which is made up of Steve’s wife, daughter, son, Dad (and partner), brother (and family), sister and brother-in-law who will each walk, jog, or run 116 miles for the London Air Ambulance Charity event ‘Miles for Missions’. This distance is the length of London’s border and luckily, we have a few months to compete the challenge! All 7 of us hope to raise at least £116 each so please donate anything you can to this amazing cause. Thank you so much in advance for your support xxxxxxx

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Sophie Hart

Well Done!! You are amazing and should be very proud of yourself!

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Rebecca O'donovan

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Mary Hedges

Well done everyone!

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K Insaidoo

Great job

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Anonymous

Glad to contribute to a great cause

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Mike And June Duncan

Hi. We're parents to Caroline and Alec, and grandparents to their son Harvey. We haven't met you yet, but applaud the way you working towards tragedy becoming triumph.. with our very best.wishes.

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Lara Harwood

Well done Blakes 7! So pleased to hear Steve is doing so well. Amazing family xx

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Roger Blake

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Rob & Sharon Davies

A fantastic effort for a fantastic charity. Well done!!

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Abi Christopher

Absolutely amazing! Well done Heather and so much love to your Dad and family ❤️

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Anonymous

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Fiona Claridge

I may not have met you yet but I know how much my nephew Harvey loves Steve! What a great challenge and team name!

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Harvey, Alec & Caroline

Well done taking on this challenge for such a great cause. We’re lucky to have such lovely neighbours! x

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Dave & Georgia

Amazing job guys! Xx

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Tina Blake

Thank you for including me xxx

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Mick

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Rob Lander

Super proud Heather of you and the Team - smash that final mile! Love Rob xx

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Clare Blake

T - shirt donation

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Jacob Lewis

Well done.

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Emily Robins

SMASHING IT!

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Kim Brett

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Mandy Duffy

Amazing cause , wishing Steve all the best xx

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Laura Terrell

Crumbs what a journey for you all. Can’t help be moved by the whole story and so interesting to hear about the complex nhs machine that saved his life. Hope he continues to improve.

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Veronika Szabo-nagy

Thinking of your family every day Clare and cheer you on!

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Suzanne Roycroft

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Nicole May

Supporting you all the way, turning such a catastrophic accident into a positive action to support those who made the difference between life and death. Wishing Steve every bit of fight for his recovery x

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Clare Blake

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Ben

👍

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Kat Merrick

excellent stuff ! well done Het + Blake family !! <3 xx

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Sam And Sarah

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Molly Gravestock

Good luck Calum & family!! x

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Chaise Miller

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Richard, Lisa And Millie

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Gee

Proud of you Cal x

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Alice Gliddon

Proud of all of you! Keep it up 💖

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Emma Nicholls

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Vicky & Ivan Pelling

❤️💙

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Georgina

You’re all amazing, well done!

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Beatrice Heaton

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Xav Leonard

hero <3

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Ethan Constantinou

Proud of you bro

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Alice

Well done Jenny and the family 👌🏼👌🏼

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Lewis Richards

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Jane Clement

Best wishes from Jane and Laurent at 35

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Jackie Nash

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Anonymous

Great work Calum!

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Clive & Sue Bradburn

With all our love to Steve and family and we are forever thankful to the HEMS Team and everyone else who have helped Steve, at the time and since the incident. xx

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Alison Rees

You can do it! Such a great cause. I wish your husband all the best for his recovery.x

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Lee Crabtree

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Stuart Bradburn

Well done to all the Blake's 7. Forever grateful to the HEMS team for saving Steve XXxxxx

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Ollie Bedborough

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John Morton

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Corinne Cooper

Good luck xx

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Aran

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Biann Duval

Great challenge Alison! Tough challenge but enjoy it. Story on the page was tough to read sounds like it’s been hard time. Life hangs by a thread so the air ambulance team is so vital.

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Anonymous

Shirt fee

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Peter Vaughan

Good luck Jen.......... thinking of you every mile x

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Peter Vaughan

Good luck, thinking of you all the way x

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Peter Vaughan

go well Matt, I know you will

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Matt Newberry

Well done Heather - great cause! Matt

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Ansvar Insurance

Good luck to you all, an amazing charity to support.

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Kelly Martin

Well done Tom amazing and so glad your bro is on the mend xxx

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Emma And Matt Irvine

All our love to Steve and the Blake family, such a worthy cause.

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James Hill

Good effort guys!

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Bev Bedborough

What a fantastic service they provide - best of luck with your challenge ! Xxx

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Tracey Hepher

Go Calum. Love from us all.

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Tracey Hepher

Good luck and well done Heather. Love from us all. Xx

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Tracey Hepher

Well done Clare. With much love to you all. From us all. Xx

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David Churchman

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Alex Callaway

So sorry to hear what your brother has been through. Good luck with your challenge. Love from the Callaways xx

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Suzanne Roycroft

Good luck Blakes 7s, you’ll all smash it! x

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Laura Jezzard

Good luck. Such a great cause. Hope Steve’s recovery is swift.

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Trish Woods

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Sarah O'gorman

So glad to hear Steve is doing well in his recovery. Good luck with the challenge!

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Miss Semiha Ozbay

Well done and good luck to all the Blakes x

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Nicky & Brian

Good luck Blakes 7- will be thinking of you all!! ❤️

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Jonathan Millard

Download some Blakes 7 audio books to listen to and those miles will be done in no time. All the best.

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Natasha Wonham

Good luck! Xxx

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Lisa & Roger

Sending you our best wishes for a successful mission Blakes 7. Love Lisa and Roger xx

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Toni Vaughan

Xxx

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Neil Hardwick

What a wonderful cause, Heather. Very happy to help a little

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Graham & Christine

A very worthy cause and such an essential service

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Hari Varma

All the best

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Caroline Harman-baker

All the best for a great cause. Caroline x

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S Sivatharan

Sorry to hear about your husband incident.God bless him.

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Martin Packman

Good luck buddy!

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David Price

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Edel Moore

Good luck Matt. We know you can do it!!! Xxx

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Badger

Go for it Matt. I’ve no doubt you’ll breeze it. Us bikers know how close this charity is to our hearts.

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Lynn Parnell

Go Heather & the Blake's 7 team! (unfortunately I remember the series - being an oldie!!!)

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Simon Hickman

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Katie Henry

Good luck

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Jon And Jo Waite

Good luck Matt...love Jo and Jon x

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Elliot Howarth

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Chicky

Good luck boet!

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Kirsty Mcnally

Good luck xx

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Laura Cracknell

Well done Claire and family xx

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Shelly Fredericks

Thanks for always being a shining beacon of light to us all. Xxx

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Bobbie

❤️❤️

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Access Underwriting Ltd

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Sarah Bryant

Go team Blake!

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Alison Holloway

Good luck Team Blakes 7 . A little something from Ethan and Millie ( Oakfield )

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Jack Markworth

Good luck clocking up the miles!

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Carol Gibbons

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Ramaine Brown

Good luck!!! Ramaine, James and Millie

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Oakfield X

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Pat Hobern

MY LOVE TO YOU ALL

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Monks

A truly scary time. Good luck with the fundraising and the run / walk / hop-skip-and-jump, whatever ----. Hope Steven continues to make a good recovery. Monks

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Sam Harris

Amazing! Well done x

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Anonymous

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Ali Woodford

Good luck Blakes 7. So happy to hear Steve is making such good progress xx

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Anonymous

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The Vines Family

Well done on your fantastic appeal. Wishing you all the best The Vines family

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Kim

You and your whole family are AMAZING All my love xxx

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Claire Worthy

I am so pleased Steve is doing so well, go TEAM BLAKE!!! xx

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Sandra Sturt

Brilliant cause good luck with your fundraising x

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Shamaela Khan

Such a great cause! Wish you all the best in your fundraising. Every life saved is valuable and HEMS do a great job. Credit to Steve on his resilience and amazing recovery so far. With best wishes Shamaela

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Karen And G

Go Blakes 7!! Such an amazing cause and what an amazing job they do!..🙌🏻 Good luck to all of you!.. love Karen and G ❤️Xxxx

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Janet Willard

So pleased to that Steve is making a positive recovery ❤️‍🩹

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Khan Family

Great initiative and hope you raise a lot of money for a worthy cause!

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Liz And Barry Mcdowall

Good luck with this great challenge!

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Cindy Read And Family

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Tracey Collins

Well done Claire what a fantastic thing to do , xx

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Richard & Vivien Cooper

Well done everybody

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Gordon Maccallum

Well done all of you and especially Steve who is a born fighter

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Nigel Skilton

Best of luck guys

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Zac Gillam

Wishing Steve a full recovery, what you have been through is truly shocking, also reminds us how amazing our emergency services are. Good luck to Blakes 7

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Daphne Prebble

The air ambulance crews do an amazing job. Personal experience of this brings it closer to home. Good luck.

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Daphne Prebble

Good luck to both of you. The air ambulance crew save so many lives.

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David Billings

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Solomon Tinker

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Alison Gliddon

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Sophia Wright

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Eve

Go Blake 7! Sending love to you all xxxx

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Conrad Jones

Hi Roger, good luck with the run. Great idea and a super charity to donate to. All my best to your son. Regards, Conrad.

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Kim Wood

Such an amazing cause and an even more amazing family! Good luck Uncle Jenny xxxx VLC & Daisy xxxxx

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Emma Cogswell

Good luck Heather x all my love to you and your family

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Maddie Bills

Good luck Heather - so proud of you for getting through the last few months and love you lots! xxx

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Abby Binns

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Jas And Dan

Go for it Blake’s 7. An amazing cause. Love Jas, Dan, Elodie and Dulcie

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Jo & Matt Mcgill

All the very best, Go Blakes 7!!

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Hannah Mcgill

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Emily Downer

Good Luck Heather and team xx

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Lena Lancastle

Best of luck with your miles, I’ll be supporting you all the way!

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Zara

Good luck Heather, lots of love to all your family x

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Chloe

Best of luck Heather and family xx

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Deb & Matt

There are many people grateful for what they did that day to save Steve & all they do every day. Thank you & GO BLAKES 7!!!!!!

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Lisa Docherty

Good Luck Blake’s 7!!

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Anna, Matt & Family

Amazing cause, good luck to you and the rest of Blake 7 xx

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Maria

Good luck in your fundraising for a great cause - they do such a fantastic job xx

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Simone & Rory

Such an incredible and worthy cause. Good luck to all the Blakes walkers! With much love xxx

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Julie, Paul,george And Rachel

Thank you to the ‘Stars’ for saving many lives including Steve’s. All the best for your continued recovery Steve. Go Blake’s 7!

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Peter Dean

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Jane Westwood

Good luck with your challenge. What an amazing charity! I was so sad to hear what happened. Hope he continues to recover well xxx

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Anonymous

Much love to you all. From Sarah and Paul.x

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Caroline Shea

Go Blakes 7. Fantastic cause thanks to the London Ambulance for the amazing job you do every day.

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Sarah & Colin Shea

Thanks to the London Air Ambulance for all the work you did for Steve. Go Blakes 7 From Sarah and Colin

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Chris Allin

Go team Blake!

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Janet & Kevin

Go Blake’s 7!! An amazing cause which we all owe so much to xxx

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The Smiths

We’re so thankful for the London Air Ambulance, such a wonderful charity. Good luck Blakes 7, love from The Smiths xxxx

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Tom Blake

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Anonymous

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Roger Blake