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A past patient of Wales Air Ambulance has raised over £33,000 since he was airlifted, and the latest fundraiser is raising even more for the charity.
Jack Parry was involved in a serious road traffic collision in September 2013, and was airlifted to hospital by the Welsh helicopter charity.
The Bala man suffered a catalogue of injuries after he was trapped between two buses in a road traffic collision while riding his motorbike close to his home in Llandderfal.
The Wales Air Ambulance charity was called to the scene, landing at the accident in 12 minutes, taking him to hospital to get the urgent care he needed.
Jack made a remarkable recovery, leaving hospital just five weeks after the accident.
To thank the paramedics that helped save his life, Jack, his mum, dad and older brother Lee, pledged to raise funds for the lifesaving charity, with friends and family chipping in with events of their own.
Within 12 months, the family had held 38 separate fundraising activities, including a sponsored skydive, football match, zip-wire dash and marathon runs have raised more than £33,000.
On April 30 2017, the family held an annual charity football match between Betws Y Coed and Llandderfel, to raise funds for WAA to thank them for airlifting Jack, and in memory of Myrddin Jones who was airlifted in December 2014.
The game in Betws Y Coed bought in donations for the Wales Air Ambulance, to help the charity to raise the £6.5 million needed every year to fund its services.
Lynne Garlick, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “Since Jack was airlifted, himself, his family and his friends have given us amazing support, raising an outstanding amount for WAA.
“As a charity, we rely on kind donations to run our operations.
“Each of our missions cost around £1,500, meaning that their fundraising has raised enough to fund more than 22 missions across Wales – and they continue to fundraise for us.
“This latest fundraiser will bring this total even higher, funding further lifesaving helicopter missions.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the event, as their support keep our helicopters flying.”
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