Leisure centre staff run to help air ambulance

By Brecon and Radnor Reporter in Community News

LIFEGUARDS at Brecon Leisure Centre raised more than £700 for Wales Air Ambulance by taking part in the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival in May.

The lifeguards – Raiff, Tassie, Wilf, Warren, Kieran and Kona, all employed by Freedom Leisure Brecon – gained sponsorship before taking part in the 10k trail running event at the Royal Welsh showground in Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells, on Sunday, May 21.

In total they raised £704.65, a sum which they presented to Annie Lawrie from the Wales Air Ambulance on Thursday, June 8.

Duty manager Raiff Devlin said: “We regularly see the Wales Air Ambulance using our helipad, helping to save lives within our community. The Wales Air Ambulance must raise £6.5 million every year in order to operate the service, as each mission on average costing £1,500. Members of our lifeguard team therefore decided to take part in the 10k trail running event at the Royal Welsh Trail Running Festival to raise money for the charity.

“We all know of someone who has been helped by the Air Ambulance and as the organisation is funded solely by public donations, at Freedom Leisure, we feel it is vital that the Air Ambulance can continue to help those in need.

“We are committed to supporting the communities we work in, and this is just one example of how we are helping to ensure that vital organisations such as the Wales Air Ambulance can continue to help all the members of our community. We’d like to thank all those who donated and helped to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”