A LLWYNCELYN man has raised just under £2,000 for the Wales Air Ambulance as a thank you after its crews flew to the aid of him and his brother-in-law following an accident in 2014.

Jason Jarrams was involved in a road traffic collision outside Llanarth, which resulted in him and Jordan Wilson being cut out of the wreckage.

Two air ambulances were sent to the scene and both patients treated by  Wales Air Ambulance medics.

Jordan was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff due to his head injuries and Jason went to hospital via a road ambulance.

It is believed that Jordan was the first Wales Air Ambulance patient to receive a general anaesthetic at the roadside.

As a thank you Jason, 34, set himself the challenge of running the Cardiff Half Marathon for the lifesaving charity, whilst also trying to lose weight.

Jason, who now lives in Llangeler, near Newcastle Emlyn, said: “I’ve run the Cardiff Half for the air ambulance because we had two of their amazing choppers loaded with the best crews there are at our road traffic collision.

“My brother-in-law required extensive medical care at the roadside with slipped discs in his back, broken ribs, broken eye socket and loads of cuts and bruises.

“I suffered a broken fibula and tibia which required surgery to correct and two broken ribs on the sternum.”

Jason spent 11 days in hospital while Jordan was discharged after four days. Jason said: “It took less than half an hour to get Jordan to the University Hospital of Wales, which to me is hard to get my head around.

“This service in Wales is absolutely critical to access remote areas.”

After the accident Jason lost six stone and set his sights on completing the virtual Cardiff Half Marathon, which he did in two hours 25 minutes alongside two friends.

Jason, a utilities operator, is grateful to everyone who contributed to his fundraiser or supported him both in the virtual Cardiff Half Marathon and the recent Cardiff Half Marathon which he ran by himself.

“The support I’ve had from everyone has been nothing shy of incredible,” he said.

“My family have been totally amazing with my mum, sister and my other half all coming to Cardiff for the event to watch me start and finish.

“They all said it was very emotional to see me finally complete the event that had been on my lips for over a year.”

Jason’s employer Volac donated £1,000 from a charity fund set up by the company’s founder.

Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jason-jarrams