Adam Woodyatt, aka Ian Beale in BBC soap Eastenders, sports a purple lyrca suit to take part in the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Heroes Run at Warwick Castle

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EASTENDERS star Adam Woodyatt joined hundreds of people to support the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) at the Heroes Run at Warwick Castle.

Hundreds of people took advantage of the glorious sunshine on Sunday by soaking up the rays whilst raising thousands of pounds for WNAA by signing up to the annual fun run.

Paramedics from WNAA and patients rescued by the crew - gathered at the starting line as hundreds of supporters of all ages ran, walked and cheered their way across the start line.

Adam Woodyatt - who plays Ian Beale in Eastenders - also joined in the fun, participating with family and friends raising over £300 in just three days to keep the helicopter flying and saving lives.

Adam said: “I’m a late entrant to the event, but once I heard about it, I really wanted to be involved and decided that being dressed up [Adam donned a purple tight suit for the event] was the best way to do it! I’ve raised over £300 in a very short space of time and whilst I’m not sure what my total will be, I’m really pleased to be supporting the valuable work done by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Gill Parrella, events manager and organiser of the event, said: “As a registered charity we do not receive any Government or National Lottery funding, events such as our Heroes Run are vitally important to us. We are hoping to raise at least £15,000 from today and we’d urge all participants’ to send their sponsorship money back as soon as possible. We had a fantastic day in the beautiful grounds of Warwick Castle and I’d like to thank everyone that came along to support us.”

•In 2011 WNAA flew more than 1000 missions across the region.

•It costs on average £1,400 to attend each mission.

•WNAA flies out of Coventry Airport, they are a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service(HEMS)

•WNAA brings the skills and expertise of a Doctor to the scene of the accident.

•WNAA flew to 148 heart attacks in 2011. Road traffic collisions accounted for 486 of the missions in 2011.

•Equestrian-related incidents are also common missions for us – on average they attend two a week.