Ex-England rugby star becomes ambassador for Wiltshire air ambulance

Matt Perry, the former professional rugby union player, has pledged his support for Wiltshire Air Ambulance by becoming an Ambassador for the charity.

Matt, who lives in Bath and whose mother and sister both live in Wiltshire, said: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a fantastic charity. Not many people know it is self-funded and I’m honoured to come on board as an Ambassador to help support it.”

During his 12-year rugby career, Matt played for Bath, England and the British Lions and at 23 he became the most capped fullback for the national team with 36 caps. After an injury forced him to retire from the sport in 2007, he began working in business coaching and now runs his own company, Transition 15, based in Bath, helping individuals, teams and organisations.

Matt will be showing his support for Wiltshire Air Ambulance by running the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 4 March.

He said: “This is my first half marathon and running it is a small thing I can do to raise awareness about Wiltshire Air Ambulance. I’d like to complete it under three hours. The Bath Half is a key fundraising event for the charity and it will be great to be part of the team that is taking part on the day.”

Matt claims he is also impressed by the charity’s “fantastic” new airbase at Semington, near Melksham, which is nearing completion.

He explained: “The new site is centrally located so the helicopter will still be able to reach all parts of Wiltshire within 11 minutes.”

David Philpott, chief executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We’re delighted that Matt Perry has become a Charity Ambassador for us. Matt played rugby at the highest level and is an inspiration to many people. His support for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, including running the Bath Half Marathon, will help boost awareness about our charity and the funds we need to raise to continue to save lives.”

Pictured above: Matt Perry with the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helicopter

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