A glow gang of 750 lit up Southampton Common at night. 

Dash in the Dark, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance's annual 5km fun run, returned at the weekend. 

Families grabbed their brightest clothes, funkiest fancy dress, neon face-paints and fluorescent glow-sticks to run, walk, jog or dance their way around a special night time mission.

Participants included patients who have first-hand experience of needing the life-saving skills of the air ambulance crew.

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Daily Echo: Dash in the Dark 2023

Around 30 per cent of the charity's emergency calls happen under the cover of darkness.

Since first launching in 2019, Dash in the Dark events have raised nearly £130,000 to keep air ambulances flying and saving lives.

Last September more than 500 participants raised £20,997 at Dash in the Dark – enough to fund six emergency missions.

This year's fundraising total will be confirmed later this week.