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ZF Services UK colleagues smash fundraising total

Colleagues from ZF Services UK Ltd have completed a gruelling physical challenge and smashed their fundraising goal.

The eight team members finished the Wolf Run in under three hours, and raised £1,000 for The Air Ambulance Service, ZF Services UK’s nominated charity of the year.

The charity is made up of two regional air ambulance services and one national service:  Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the national Children’s Air Ambulance.

Daniel Day, resident support engineer with ZF Services UK, said: “The Wolf Run was a huge challenge physically.

“Our start time was 10.52am and off we went – donning the yellow air ambulance t-shirts we certainly attracted quite a bit of attention! Team work ensured that we all got to the end together; waist deep thick mud, river and lake crossings, crawling through bushes, we tackled it all.

“We finished just before 1.30pm without too many injuries, wet, muddy but glad that we had a worked together as a team to reach the end.“

Another member of the team, Carrie Van said: “We all survived – JUST – but really enjoyed it and many of us faced our fears head on. However all the pain was worth it for this worthy cause.“

Joining Daniel and Carrie in the team were Martin Bunning, Bryan Kingsford, Michael Hellis, Steve Hickaman, Pheny Muzondiwa and Colin Stamp.

The Wolf Run is a unique, hardcore 10k race across woodland, lakes and thick mud taking in a  combination of three kinds of off-road running.

Sophie Burt, national partnerships manager, said: “Very well done to everyone who took part and thank you so much for such a fantastic fundraising total.

“We are really pleased to be working with ZF Services across their different regions and are looking forward to a successful two years of fundraising together.  Partnerships with local businesses are essential to keep our helicopters flying and saving lives.”

The two regional rescue services carried out 1,949 missions last year, providing rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies across 3,850 square miles and a population of 3,277,274, while the national Children’s Air Ambulance continues to change the face of paediatric care in the transfer of critically ill children in the UK.

Small contributions to the charity, which receives no government funding and relies totally on donations, can make a huge difference: £36 buys enough fuel to keep a helicopter flying for 10 minutes, and £65 buys a manual suction unit that helps clear a child’s airway.

Daniel added:  “We enjoyed the Wolf Run so much that we are currently discussing the next event  we can take part in to raise even more fund for The Air Ambulance Service.”