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
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
“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!”