A Cardiff man will be running a marathon on St Mary’s today and on Thursday as part of an effort to raise £6,000 to purchase an ambulance for the benefit of aid workers in Syria.

James Overton, who lives in Polperro and visits the islands every year, hopes to visit Syria in the near future but would prefer to get an ambulance out there first.


James said, ““It’s more important to get an ambulance over there rather than go and take photographs. There’s enough photographs coming out of Syria at the moment.”


The ambulance will be named Nornour, after the Nornour pilot gig, which was rowed by Help for Heroes last year when James was supporting their cause.


He added, “It’s a normal standard ambulance, second hand, but everything is in perfect working condition.


“The hospitals are a target for bombers so an ambulance effectively doubles up as a mobile hospital.


You can make a donation to James’ appeal to the following bank account:

Sort Code: 20-80-47

Account Number: 33857131

Reference: Ambulance


People are also welcome to join James at any stage of his run.

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