Lechlade crash victim Dylan Jones raises £20,000 for SWIFTMedics and Wiltshire Air Ambulance
ONE young Lechlade man has raised almost £20,000 to thank two charities which saved his life after he suffered horrendous injuries following an almost-fatal crash.
Dylan Jones from Lechlade was on his motorbike at the time of the crash in 2012 and suffered extensive injuries including a ruptured diaphragm, bruised lungs, bleeding on the brain, two broken arms, a broken neck and internal bleeding.
He says he could have died that day but for the work of Wiltshire Air Ambulance and SWIFTMedics. A member of SWIFTMedics, Dr Ed Valentine, performed a complex tracheotomy at the roadside and ensured Dylan was taken to a specialist hospital unit where he then underwent a 12-hour operation.
The 20-year-old recovered without any permanent damage, but says he owes his life to the two vital charities. He recently grouped together 70 of his close friends and family to run the Oxford half marathon and raise as much money as possible for the organisations.
He and his friends have since raised £7,500 each for SWIFTMedics and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, and the amount is still climbing.
“I’ve always enjoyed a challenge,” said Dylan. “After I was discharged from hospital and found out the extent of my injuries, I knew that learning to walk was going to be my biggest challenge yet.
“Being able to push myself one step further and focus on the half-marathon as a goal, not just for myself but as a way to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Swift Medics, has helped drive me and keep me going.
“I just want to try and give something back as what they did to save me that night was truly amazing.”
South Western Ambulance Service was first on the scene of Dylan’s accident but paramedics called Dr Valentine as they knew his specialist skills would help. The ambulance service awarded Dr Valentine a commendation for his involvement.
Dr Ed Valentine said the charity was very grateful for Dylan’s fundraising.
“People may be surprised to know that there is no national funding for the pre-hospital, emergency care which charities like SWIFTMedics provide, so we are entirely reliant on donations such as this one from Dylan’s supporters,” he added.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Claire Kelly said: “We are so pleased we were able to be there when Dylan needed us most. We are incredibly grateful to Dylan and his family for their tireless efforts to support our charity as we receive no government or National Lottery funding. We completely rely on community fundraising to keep us flying.”
Visit swiftmedics.net or wiltshireairambulance.co.uk for more information about the charities.