£5k boost from Ampthill firm for army officers rowing the Atlantic

Atlantic Drifters receive a �5000 cheque from Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill
Atlantic Drifters receive a �5000 cheque from Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill

An attempt by two army officers to row across the Atlantic is a step closer thanks to help from a business in Ampthill.

Lockheed Martin is sponsoring two members of the Army Air Corps who plan to row from Tenerife to Antigua in December.

Lockheed Martin UK provides support to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Systems and weapons for the British Army’s Apache helicopters and the business was keen to show its support for the Atlantic Drifters team of Major Dave Lambert and Captain Tom Brunwin.

The two officers, who were trained to become pilots by a member of the Lockheed Martin Ampthill team, decided to take on the challenge while serving together in Afghanistan.

Tom and Dave were presented with a cheque for £5,000 by the head of Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business, Executive Vice President Rick Edwards, at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

The Lockheed Martin Ampthill business has now provided £15,000 to the Atlantic Drifters to help support their gruelling 3,000-mile voyage which could take them up to 90 days.

David Meyer, business development manager for Lockheed Martin UK, said: “Through our work at Ampthill, we have a close affiliation with the Army Air Corps and we are delighted to be supporting Dave and Tom in their upcoming challenge.”

Major Lambert said: “We are delighted that Lockheed Martin have joined us as our headline sponsor and corporate partner for the Atlantic Drifters campaign. Their substantial donation will go a long way towards our aim to raise a difference-making amount of money for Overseas Aid for the Kids of Sierra Leone (OAKS) and The Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust (DDMT). We look forward to proudly carrying the Lockheed Martin logo across the Atlantic later this year.”