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Alfie's Angels raise almost £4k for WAA

Alfie’s Angels are back, and this year a group of women from University of Wales Trinity Saint David took on the fitness challenge in aid of Wales Air Ambulance, a charity that is close to the team’s heart.

The five women from the South West Wales University decided to join Alfie’s Angels in aid of Wales Air Ambulance, after the charity came to the aid of a team member’s partner.

Louise Harris, Melanie Lawlor-Fellowes, Marlene Tobias, Mel Thomas and Helen Thomas make up ‘Marlene’s Marvels’ – five of the 100 women were trained by the Wales rugby legend.

Marlene’s Marvels decided to run the famous half marathon in aid of WAA, after team member Mel Thomas’ partner was involved in a car accident earlier this year.

In February, Alistair Gibbins suffered severe head injuries after being involved in a road traffic collision, and was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales by Wales Air Ambulance.

Louise Harris, UWTSD, said: “There is no doubt that Wales Air Ambulance saved Alistair’s life that day, as the crew had to work on him at the side of the road.

“We feel that WAA is a fantastic service, and we are very fortunate to have it.

“It is an absolute necessity for those of us living in rural areas, where hospitals are over 30 miles away.”

Marlene’s Marvels raised almost £4,000 for Wales Air Ambulance, enough to fund several of the helicopter charity’s lifesaving missions.

The group of runners and the rugby legend visited the Wales Air Ambulance charity shop in Bridgend to present their donation.

Sandra John, WAA Bridgend Shop Manager, said: “We are incredibly touched that Marlene’s Marvels would choose to fundraise for us after we airlifted Alistair.

“As a charity, we rely on kind support and donations to keep our helicopters flying across Wales.

“By joining Alfie’s Angels, Marlene’s Marvels have raised an outstanding donation to fund lifesaving missions in Wales as well as conquering a brilliant fitness challenge!”

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