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Among the thousands of people taking part in the 2019 Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k was Nick Howitt, one of Fraser and Fraser’s new business managers.
Nick (48), who lives in Bristol’s Winterbourne district, was running to raise funds for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAA).
He has a very special reason for supporting this cause, he explains: “One day last summer I had just visited the gym with my partner [Hayley] when I passed out at the wheel.”
“Fortunately, Hayley managed to regain some control of the car, but it still passed across two lanes of traffic, over an embankment and through a car park, before hitting the wall of a B&Q store.
“Two members of the public gave me CPR and staff from GWAA were on the scene within minutes,” Nick says. “They were instrumental in saving my life. I was told afterwards I’d technically died for 90 seconds.”
After 10 days in hospital, Nick made a full recovery and his heart is now in perfect working order.
He adds: “I wanted to say thank you to GWAA and this seemed like the perfect way to do it. The charity gets no funding from government and relies on donations and sponsorship to keep its literally life-saving services going.”
Joe Hughes, community fundraising coordinator at the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, added: “That Nick is back up-and-running less than a year after his accident and fundraising for our cause is tremendous! The 2.1 million people of Bristol, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset owe fundraisers like Nick a huge debt; we may have played our part in saving his life, but what he is doing is helping to ensure we can continue to save lives in our region.”
Nick completed the course in one hour 11 minutes and has so far raised more than £670 for GWAA.