AgustaWestland Graduates Raise £1,174

April 13, 2016 by Lara Lucas
From left to right: Ryan Humphries, Ollie Zaccaria and Alistair Montgomery

From left to right: Ryan Humphries, Ollie Zaccaria and Alistair Montgomery

Three engineering graduates from helicopter manufacturer, AgustaWestland raised £1,174 for the Charity after taking part in the Yeovil Half Marathon.

Ryan Humphries, Alistair Montgomery and Ollie Zaccaria, all 22 years of age, started training in January in preparation for the half marathon which took place on the 20th March. With an initial fundraising target of £500, the guys were amazed that within a couple of days they had already reached £150 so they decided to increase their target.

Ryan said: “I wanted to support the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance personally as a friend of mine was electrocuted and taken to hospital by an air ambulance. I believe that without their help, he would have died.”

All three were in good form on the day of the event, however they found the first mile and the hill by Montecute House quite challenging due to the narrow roads and sheer volume of people running in one direction. Ryan and Ollie finished with a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes whilst Alistair stormed on ahead of the others and finished in 2 hours and 5 minutes.

From left to right: Alana Hardy (Administration Assistant), Ryan Humphries, Ollie Zaccaria, Alistair Montgomery and Charlotte Routley (Charity Manager)

From left to right: Alana Hardy (Administration Assistant), Ryan Humphries, Ollie Zaccaria, Alistair Montgomery and Charlotte Routley (Charity Manager)

Alistair said: “The level of support from start to finish was fantastic! The crowds could see that we were running in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance because we were wearing branded t-shirts and they cheered us on even more!”

After recovering from the run and giving their sore and blistered feet a rest, the trio paid a visit to the Charity’s offices in Wellington to present the funds raised to Charity Manager, Charlotte Routley and Administration Assistant, Alana Hardy. Ollie concluded by saying: “Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a great charity that we wanted to support as they help to save lives and one day, it could be one of ours.”