Wolverhampton Firm Funds Life Saving Missions

Employees from Wolverhampton based aircraft manufacturing firm, Moog, have paid tribute to their friend and colleague by fundraising in his memory for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Geoff Lutner, who completed 29 years of service for Moog, was tragically killed ten years ago when he was knocked off his bicycle on his way home from work. 

As a keen cyclist, Geoff always wore a helmet, luminous clothing and night lights, but had his accident at just 45 years old. He was airlifted by Midlands Air Ambulance to Selly Oak Trauma Unit but unfortunately did not survive his injuries. 

Bryan Holder, friend and colleague explains: “Geoff had a passion for finding routes through bridleways, canal towpaths and the countryside, and a group of us from Moog would gather after work on a Thursday night and follow Geoff along his latest route. We would always grumble when riding through nettles, bracken and mud for 35 miles but always enjoyed the rides.”

Geoff who was brought up in Windsor Gardens in Wolverhampton, started work at Moog, then known as Dowty Boulton Paul, in 1976, as an apprentice. After four years of training he became a fitter/tester in the Repair and Overhaul department, working on aircraft components for the likes of Vulcan, Buccaneer, Concorde and his favourite VC10.

To mark ten years since Geoff’s accident, on 3rd July 2015, Bry and his colleagues at Moog cycled along one of Geoff’s routes, to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. The group left the Moog Factory at 9.00am, completing a mostly off-road loop back to the factory around 7.00pm, after stopping off at The Bell pub in Trysull, to raise a glass in Geoff’s memory. 

Bryan continues: “Geoff always had a smile on his face, and was forever making everyone laugh. He was a true gentleman, great to be around and is greatly missed by us all.”

The 41.3 mile journey raised £2,400 for the charity, and their recent Christmas party raised £1,400, bringing their fundraising total to nearly £7,000 over the last ten years. 

Adam Williams, regional fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, says: “A third of all Midlands Air Ambulance missions are road traffic accidents, which means the charity responds to on average 650 each year. With no Government or National Lottery funding, each mission is funded by generous donations from people like Bry and his colleagues at Moog.”

For more information on how you can support Midlands Air Ambulance Charity please visit www.midlandsairambulance.com or call the team on 0800 8 40 20 40. 

Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.