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“I owe them my life!” Crash survivor defies doctors to run 5km for air ambulance

Luke Dark with Carrie Jenkins and Nina Hillman from Libra

A MELKSHAM man who was told by doctors that he may never walk again after a horrific car crash, will take part in next weekend’s parkrun to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance – who he says saved his life.

In 2014, Luke Dark was involved in a head-on collision with a truck. As a result of the crash, Luke sustained a traumatic brain injury, leaving him in a coma for six months.

Four years later, Luke is preparing to take part in Melksham’s parkrun – the organised, free weekly 5km run held every Saturday at 9am in King George V playing field.

“I’m excited, but scared at the same time,” said Luke, “I don’t want to fail. I’ve been training hard and I am really excited for the challenge.

“I’m running to prove a point – the doctors said that they thought I would be in a wheelchair for life. I’m looking at it as a challenge – I have to try these things; keep happy and try.

“I want to prove that I can do this and raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance – they saved my life, I wouldn’t be here without them. I owe them my life, so I want to do as much as I can to help them.”

Running alongside him as support next Saturday, 25th August, will be Carrie Jenkins and Nina Hillman from Libra Hair and Beauty on Bath Road.

To sponsor Luke and his team, visit: www.justgiving. com/fundraising/teamdark

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