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Drug driver jailed after horror Pontlliw crash leaves passenger with life changing injuries

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A Hendy man has been jailed after a high speed crash in the village of Pontlliw left his passenger with what police described as the “worst injuries they have ever seen in a collision where the victim has gone on to survive.”

Michael Francis, 33, from Hendy, was driving a blue Volkswagen Scirocco with a 20 year-old female in the front passenger seat in the early hours of August 12, 2021, along the A48.

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Francis drove whilst under the influence of drugs and at excessively high speed, when entering the village of Pontlliw. He reached 75mph in 30mph zone, before hurtling round a corner on the wrong side of the road and crashing into a lamppost and then a tree.

Francis got out of the car with relatively minor injuries, however his passenger suffered what roads policing officers described as the “worst injuries they have ever seen in a collision where the victim has gone on to survive.”

Michael Francis (Image: South Wales Police)

The victim now has to live with these life-changing injuries and adapt her lifestyle.

Francis was today sentenced to three years and six months and disqualified from driving for six years and nine months at Swansea Crown Court following a guilty plea.

Following sentencing, Senior Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Lee Christer said: “Michael Francis’s reckless actions that day left a young female with horrific life-changing injuries.

“If it wasn’t for the quick response from officers and emergency services at the scene, and the expert medical care she received from the staff at University Hospital Wales, I’m not sure she would’ve survived.

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“I hope this sentence affords Francis the opportunity to reflect on the gravity of what he has done.

“I also hope it sends a strong message to other motorists and encourages them to think when they get behind the wheel. Speeding and driving under the influence of drugs are two of the leading factors in serious and fatal collisions in Wales, and when driven recklessly and irresponsibly, cars can be lethal weapons as this case has so tragically proven.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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7 year-old Penllergaer schoolboy starts year-long fundraising challenge for Wales Air Ambulance

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A seven-year-old Penllergaer schoolboy has started a year-long walking challenge for the Wales Air Ambulance after being inspired by a child who was honoured with a British Empire Medal from the Queen.

On New Year’s Day Rhys Gough, was watching the morning headlines when it shared the story of eleven-year-old Tobias Weller, who was the youngest child to receive a commendation from the Queen.

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Rhys’ proud mum Kirsty said: “Rhys was fascinated and asked lots of questions in relation to fundraising. He was also very keen to meet the Queen! He asked if he could do something similar to raise money for charity.

“We decided that we would attempt to walk the equivalent of 2km per day for the whole of 2022. Our house is on the flight path from Morriston Hospital, so we often see the Wales Air Ambulance. I suggested raising for Charity and Rhys was amazed at how much money it costs to keep this service going.”

Now operational 24/7, the Charity needs to raise £8 million every year to keep the helicopters flying.

Rhys Gough

Wales Air Ambulance offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world.

They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care.

This is the first time that the Pontillw Primary School pupil has done a fundraiser and has so-far raised £380 of his £500 target for the lifesaving cahrity. Rhys wears a smart watch to track his daily activity.

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Along with walking Rhys, also gets his steps in through playing rugby, but the majority of the time they take the dog out for a walk in the evenings and on weekends, which easily covers his 2km a day.

Kirsty, added: “On rainy days though he does need some encouragement but in the whole is enjoying the challenge. His friends and family have been really proud of Rhys for doing this for charity.

“At the end of February Rhys has walked a total of 290.44km this year which includes day to day steps! He is so proud of this achievement so far.”

James Cordell, Wales Air Ambulance’s community fundraiser, said: “Thank you to Rhys for taking on the huge challenge of walking every day for a whole year to raise funds for the Wales Air Ambulance. Despite his young age, he’s passionate and determined to complete the challenge to help others.

“Fundraisers like, Rhys’ will help our medics continue to be there for the people of Wales 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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You can show your support to Rhys by donating to his fundraiser via his Just Giving page ‘Rhys walking challenge for 2022

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Bouncing Back Plus classroom and exercise programme boosting Swansea primary school children

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As Action for Children marks Mental Health Awareness Week (7-13 Feb), the charity’s latest mental health programme for young people in Wales, Bouncing Back Plus has been rolled out in the Swansea area thanks to an innovative partnership with Ospreys in the Community.

The charity has teamed up with the rugby region’s community arm to deliver a combination of classroom-based Cognitive and Dialectical behavioural therapy (CBT and DBT) techniques and physical exercises such as touch rugby on the playground.

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At the end of each Bouncing Back Plus programme, each participant receives a Mental Health First Aid Kit, providing them with resources that support them to manage their mood and sustain improvements in their emotional wellbeing. The process also supports us to identify those young people who may need a higher-tier intervention.

Ffion, 10, attends Pontlliw Primary School near Swansea and said: ‘I like the outdoor exercise as there’s loads of technology and everyone wants to sit down but now the Ospreys have come, I do prefer being outside playing rugby. It really helps me, it makes me feel really happy and I feel like it makes me a better person.’

Another pupil at Pontlliw, Tyler, 11, added: ‘I thought the classroom session was fun and interesting. It made me feel really good and I liked the rugby too.’ His friend Jacob, 10, agreed. He said: ‘It was a really fun experience learning how to control anger or how to be kind to people. I liked the songs and the strategies on how to calm down too.’

Caryl Dyer, Action for Children’s Bouncing Back service coordinator, said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to expand on the success of our Bouncing Back project by working with the Ospreys to produce a programme that combines the classroom and the playground to maximum effect for our year 5 and 6 primary school children.

‘They have developed a shared understanding of emotional wellbeing, resilience and increased confidence. The children are also taught skills to reduce the impact of emotional distress as well as being given a greater awareness of how and when to seek further support if needed. The physical exercise element complements this approach beautifully and outcomes are evidenced through distance travelled and shared with individual schools.’

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Leanne Evans, Year 6 teacher at Pontlliw Primary School, said: ‘Bouncing Back Plus has given the children an immense bank of strategies to deal with stress or anything they feel concerned or worries about. It’s particularly valuable as since Covid, we’ve had an increase in children needing counselling for anxiety. I’ve seen the children in the yard using the strategies independently and when they come into the class, they’re quite calm so for us it’s been outstanding.

‘The physical aspect has been amazing too as we’ve hard on them releasing endorphins on the ‘daily mile’ so once they’ve done their Ospreys session outside, they’re focussed, engaged and on-task. Children don’t tend to like PE because they see it as a separate part of the curriculum and another lesson. This is under the umbrella of health and wellbeing and the join in and give it 100% commitment as they don’t see it as being taught. As a result, children want to go the stadium and see the Ospreys and love that their staff are coming to the school, it’s really special.’

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