NFU county adviser to run London Marathon for air ambulance charity

15 February 2024

Flora Archer in a field of flowers

NFU county adviser for Norfolk Flora Archer will run the London Marathon to thank the charity which saved her life after she had a seizure and collapsed at home in 2015.

Flora fell and banged her head on a kitchen unit at her home in Scarning, near Dereham. As she was losing oxygen to her brain, medics from the East Anglian Air Ambulance arrived with minutes to spare to take control of her breathing and save her life before she was taken by land ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment.

Since her fall, Flora has been diagnosed with epilepsy. She had experienced one other seizure, the previous year, when on holiday in Cyprus and doctors at the time could not establish the cause. She now takes medication and has had no further seizures since.

Nine years later, Flora is now preparing to run the London Marathon on 21 April to raise money for the air ambulance and thank the people who saved her.

Air ambulance ‘vital’ for rural communities

Flora said the charity “would always have a special place” in her heart.

“If it wasn’t for the prompt medical attention I received from Dr Pam Chambers and the rest of the crew I would not be here today," Flora said.

“I know others in farming who have been saved by the air ambulance. It is such a vital service for rural communities.”

Flora is also raising money to help the charity continue its vital work in protecting farmers and people in rural communities across East Anglia. This will be her first ever marathon.

I know others in farming who have been saved by the air ambulance. It is such a vital service for rural communities.”

NFU Norfolk county adviser Flora Archer

She said: “The training has been really tough, but I’ve wanted to give something back to them for a long time and hope to raise as much money as I can. They rely on public donations to keep going.

“Any support anyone can give me will be greatly appreciated.”

You can visit Flora's fundraising page to make a donation.

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