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Singing tribute for Rebecca Evans raises funds for Wales Air Ambulance

Carmarthenshire children have paid a beautiful singing tribute to Rebecca Evans, the young pregnant mother who lost her life in a M4 car crash near Port Talbot.

Rebecca Evans, who worked for Shelter Cymru and was a qualified dance teacher, was dedicated to helping the school children of Carmarthenshire achieve their dreams of getting on the big stage.

The 27-year-old mother spent three years as part of the team at Encore, a stage school which helped to train young aspiring singers, dancers and actors from across the county.

In November 2016 Wales Air Ambulance was called to a tragic incident, where Rebecca, eight months pregnant with a baby girl, died and her two-year-old child was badly injured.

Rebecca had been driving to work with her partner, Alex, and young son, Cian, when they were involved in a serious road traffic collision.

The dance teacher lost her life, along with her unborn little girl.

Cian, aged 2, had suffered two broken femurs and a fractured skull in the road traffic accident, and desperately needed urgent medical attention.

Wales Air Ambulance flew to the scene, giving him lifesaving treatment at the roadside before airlifting him to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, to receive the specialist care he needed.

In the days after Christmas, the stage school gathered together to sing a fitting tribute to their teacher, and raise funds for the Welsh helicopter charity which saved Cian’s life.

Encore principal, Elin Wyn Murphy, and the group of children, came together to record a rendition of Anfonaf Angel in memory of Rebecca.

The group of children, aged from four to eighteen, aim to raise £2,000 for the Welsh helicopter charity in memory of their teacher.

Elin said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction that Encore’s recording of Anfonaf Angel has received.

“It’s a very emotional song, especially for me, as I was asked by Becca’s family to sing it at her funeral just a couple of weeks ago.

“I’m so very proud of all of Encore’s students. They came together and showed amazing strength and courage to be able to record this tribute to Becca, who like me, they thought the world of.”

The group has smashed their fundraising target, raising over £2,150 so far.

People from all over the UK have been giving generously to Encore’s collection, moved by their beautiful tribute and the tragic circumstances of their story.

Angela Hughes, Wales Air Ambulance Charity chief executive, said: “Every member of our crew and fundraising team are incredibly touched by Encore’s tribute to Rebecca.

“Anfofaf Angel is about sending a ‘guardian angel’, which was sung in aid of us by our patron and ambassador due to its fitting meaning for our charity.

“We cannot thank Encore enough for fundraising for us, which will help us send our helicopters to the people of Wales in their hour of need.”

You can donate to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity in memory of Rebecca by visiting ‘JustGiving’ Page, or text ESSA99 and the amount to 70070.

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