After dedicating their entire summer to running, our fantastic Team Brecon Carreg runners have helped us raise £5,000 for Wales Air Ambulance.
Earlier this year, we selected a team of 10 runners to participate in a virtual running team called Team Brecon Carreg. Throughout the summer they faced extreme weather conditions, battled injuries and took on over 25 races between them – covering a total distance of 3,150 miles!
We have supported Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) for many years and, for every mile that Team Brecon Carreg ran in training and races, we’ve matched with a pound donated to WAA.
Jenna Bissel, marketing manager at Brecon Carreg, said: “We’re thrilled to have raised a fantastic amount of money for such a worthy cause. WAA provides life-saving work across Wales every day and has even saved one of our own runners from a horrific accident.”
In 2015 Sonali Das Simpson from Porthcawl was run over and crushed by her own car while collecting her daughter from school. WAA was called to the scene and performed life-saving chest surgery in the car park of the school. Sonali saw joining Team Brecon Carreg a great opportunity to pay back WAA back for the life-saving care they gave her after the accident.
In addition to donating a pound per mile, we donated a pound to every new follower we gained on Twitter over a period of 24 hours. This act raised a further £1,000, which was added to the total amount raised from the running team. We wanted to reward their achievements by rounding it to a healthy total of £5,000.
Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We are so grateful for the generous donation and support we have received from Brecon Carreg and the runners of Team Brecon Carreg; it really means the world to us. We rely totally on support and donations such as this to raise the £6.5million needed every year to keep our four helicopters flying. We would like to thank Brecon Carreg for their amazing support, which is helping to fund our missions across Wales”.
Wales Air Ambulance
Wales Air Ambulance is a charity that provides emergency air assistance to those facing life-threatening illnesses or injuries across Wales. WAA relies entirely on donations from the public to fund its three helicopters in North (Caernarfon), Mid (Welshpool) and South (Llanelli), and a fourth aircraft in Cardiff dedicated to children, costing over £6.5 million each year. Brecon Carreg has previously supported the charity by supplying water to its charity shops and for fundraising events, including the Cardiff Half Marathon and Royal Welsh Show.