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Fundraising walk thanks helicopter crew for lifesaving leg treatment

A retired man is trekking across a mountain range to thank Wales Air Ambulance for airlifting him last year and saving his leg.

Desmond Jones was cleaning the gutters at his home in Pentre, when he fell from a ladder and shattered both bones in his leg. In the fall, his ankle was so severely damaged that his foot was almost severed from his leg.

Wales Air Ambulance was dispatched to the 78-year-old, who lay on the floor in pain desperately needed help.

The Welsh helicopter charity landed near Desmond’s house and airlifted him to Stoke Hospital, to get him to the care he needed as quickly as possible.

Desmond said: “I was picked up by WAA’s Welshpool helicopter, I was given a pain killer injection and was made as comfortable as possible.

“The doctor on board was able to maintain the blood and nerve supply to my foot, which enabled the Trauma centre in Stoke to perform a miracle – preventing an amputation.

“I will always be grateful that they could whisk me to the trauma centre in time to save my foot.

“When I was airlifted, I wasn’t fully aware of Wales Air Ambulance dependence upon funding from the general public”.

A year on from his accident the 78-year-old is taking on a walking challenge to thank the Welsh helicopter charity for helping to save his leg.

Desmond is trekking the Berwyn Range, walking through the idyllic mountains to raise donations for Tenovus Cancer Care and Wales Air Ambulance.

Every year the charity needs to raise £6.5million to fund its four-helicopter operation, with each mission costing around £1,500.

Lynne Garlick, Wales Air Ambulance North Wales Fundraising Manager, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Desmond, for his amazing support.

“Just over a year ago, Desmond was being airlifted after severely damaging his leg and ankle. Now he is now conquering the Berwyn Mountain Range!

“We are so pleased to hear that Desmond has recovered so well, and we cannot thank him enough for fundraising for us.

“Kind support from people like Desmond help us to raise the funds needed to keep our helicopters flying across Wales.”

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