Family Rowing Challenge Thanks Lifesaving Charity
In September 2015, the Wales Air Ambulance Charity were called to the scene when a four-year-old boy who had been involved in a road traffic accident.
Jake Roberts, from Pontardawe, was crossing the road with his mother and brother, when he was involved in an accident and had suffered serious injuries to his leg.
Jake’s father, Michael Roberts, said: “It is an image that will be engraved into my wife and my memory for as we live.”
“Seeing your child involved in an accident is something you never want to see or wish upon anyone.”
Wales Air Ambulance came to Jake’s aid, giving him pain relief at the roadside.
Michael said: “If you need Wales Air Ambulance, they will be there for you at a moment’s notice, and they were!”
To thank Wales Air Ambulance for coming to the aid of their son, Jake’s family set themselves a fundraising challenge to help the charity raise the £6 million needed every year to fund their services.
Family and friends rowed 36 miles through the canals of south Wales, from Brecon to Monmouthshire, collecting sponsorship for their challenge.
The rowing group aimed to raise £1,000 for Wales Air Ambulance, and smashed their fundraising target, raising £1,265 for the Welsh helicopter charity.
Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We are incredibly grateful that the Robert’s family would fundraise for us after we treated Jake.
“As a charity we rely on kind donations from the people of Wales to fund our missions across the country.
“By completing their 36 mile paddling challenge, the Robert’s family are helping us to come to the aid of someone else who is in need.”
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