Charity walk to say thanks to paramedics

A SON who survived a car crash which killed both his parents will scale Britain's tallest mountain to raise money for paramedics who helped save his life.

A SON who survived a car crash which killed both his parents will scale Britain's tallest mountain to raise money for paramedics who helped save his life.

Scott Murkin and friend Marc Mahlerwill take on Ben Nevis next monthto support the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Mr Murkin, 34, of Mildenhall, said he was lucky to survive the crash in Snailwell Road, Newmarket, 18 months ago, which claimed the lives of his parents John and Christine.

He said: “It has been a tough haul since the accident and it has affected me in different ways. I had the initial period of bereavement but then little things would make me break down.


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“I was conscious throughout the whole accident but I don't know how to explain what it was like. The pain was like being deeply winded while everything around me was just fractured and different.

“Time didn't really have any meaning and I was in shock - and now I think I was lucky to be alive.

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“I am full of praise for the brilliant job the air ambulance did then and I hope my parents would be proud of what I am doing.”

Mr Murkin suffered a broken femur and tibia in the crash and needed two blood transfusions.

The RAF Mildenhall worker has slowly recovered and he now hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity which airlifted him to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, following the crash.

Mr Mahler, 34, from Beck Row, is taking the challenge of scaling the 4,046 ft of the Scottish mountain to another level - by tackling the trek in bare feet.

Mr Murkin said: “We will be walking up Ben Nevis along a tourist route but Marc will be doing it barefoot as he wanted more of a challenge.

“I think it is going to be hard as my leg is not 100 per cent since the crash. But the East Anglian Air Ambulance do a brilliant job and I am full of praise for what they did for me.”

The friends will be taking part in the fundraiser on May 31, which is the day of the climb and anyone who would like to sponsor them can contact Mr Murkin on 01638 718772.

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