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Ex-rugby star Matt Perry's fundraising in memory of his sister

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Ambassador Matt Perry and his family have raised more than £10,800 for our charity in memory of his sister Rebecca Gray.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance came to Rebecca’s aid when she suffered a cardiac arrest while out horse riding at the Stourhead fun ride. Rebecca, who lived in Manningford Bruce, near Pewsey, sadly died, aged 47, on 17 February 2018.

Matt, who lives in Bath and is a former professional rugby player with Bath, England and the British Lions, became an Ambassador with Wiltshire Air Ambulance just weeks before Rebecca (pictured) died.

Since her death Rebecca’s family set up the Rebecca Gray Foundation and last week Matt, his sons Jack and Archie, and Rebecca’s husband, Kevin Gray, presented Wiltshire Air Ambulance with a cheque for £10,810.97.

The money was raised at a golf day at Cumberwell Park Golf Club, Bradford-on-Avon, a charity race night organised by Bath Building Society’s staff and by Matt and his brother, Andy, running the New York Marathon last year. Matt’s son, Jack, also raised £420 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance by running the junior Bath Half Marathon this year.

Kevin Gray, chief executive of Bath Building Society, said: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance was there for our loved one when she most needed assistance. We are delighted that our family and friends have been able to support the ongoing activities of this vital emergency service.”

Barbara Gray, director of income generation and communications at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Matt, Kevin and their family. It was such an honour to show them round our airbase and for them to find out more about the charity.

“We are so appreciative of their fundraising and the money they have raised, which will help to keep our essential service operational, enabling our critical care team to assist people in need.”

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