Mildenhall father making marathon effort for son’s heroes

Mark Westley Photography'Keith Sulman is running the Silverstone half marathon to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. They helped get his 4-year-old son, Mckenzi, to Addenbrooke's after he fell off his bike, bumped his head and started fitting. ANL-150203-190554009

Mark Westley Photography'Keith Sulman is running the Silverstone half marathon to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. They helped get his 4-year-old son, Mckenzi, to Addenbrooke's after he fell off his bike, bumped his head and started fitting. ANL-150203-190554009

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A Mildenhall father whose son was saved by paramedics following a serious head injury is giving back to the charity which helped him - lacing up his running shoes for a sponsored half marathon.

Keith Sulman’s four-year-old son Mckenzi was playing at a bicycle ramp in St John’s Close in August last year with mother Samina and brothers Joshua, 14, and Rhys, 11, when he fell off his bike, hit his head and started fitting.

Crews from the East Anglian Air Ambulance were called to treat Mckenzi, and even travelled with him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by road when it was decided going by helicopter was too risky.

Keith, 39, said: “It was terrifying for all of us. The ambulance crews decided the air ambulance was needed and they were there straight away.

Now the dedicated dad is saying thank you to the charity - by running in aid of it at the Silverstone half marathon on Sunday, March 15.

“I just wanted to say thank you to them, as they made us feel more confident. We knew he was in good hands,” he said.

Following several tests, Mckenzi left the hospital the same day in the clear with just a few bruises.

Keith praised College Heath Nursery in Mildenhall, which Mckenzi attends, for keeping he and Samina informed of any incidents.

“We’re always a little bit wary now, and we were very careful when he went back to school, but they have been really helpful,” he said.

“Hopefully what happened won’t be repeated,”

Keith, head gardener at a private estate, chose the half marathon near the Silverstone race circuit due to the family’s love of motorsport.

He hopes his wife and sons will come to watch his 13-mile fund-raising effort next weekend, for which he is aiming to raise around £500 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

“I did the London Marathon about seven years ago and had not run since,” Keith said.

“Recently I’ve started to get itchy feet and thought, what better reason to encourage me to do it.”

Keith said he is running two to three times a week in preparation for the race.

“It’s really nice to be running again, to get out and have some ‘me’ time,” he added.

To sponsor Keith, visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Keith-Sulman.