Lots of fun at auction in memory of Gwernymynydd girl


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A TEENAGE car crash victim has been remembered with a special auction of promises.

Guests packed into Gwernymynydd Village Centre for the fundraising auction to mark what would have been Sarah Jepson’s 17th birthday week.

Hairdressing appointments, weekend stays in holiday cottages and tickets to the British Superbike Championship were just some of the lots to fall under the hammer.

Sarah suffered fatal head and chest injuries in a crash on the A5104 at Penymynydd last November.

A sponsored fancy dress hike to Moel Famau’s summit was organised by her friends on what would have been her birthday last week.

After this, Sarah’s mum, Jacqueline Jepson, organised the evening with the aim of raising more than £5,000 for the North Wales Emergency Doctors service (NWEDS), providing skilled medical pre-hospital care for emergencies in North Wales.

Sarah’s mother and grandmother joined guests to let balloons into the night sky in tribute to Sarah.

Mrs Jepson said: “Each NWEDS doctor carries a whole range of equipment when attending the scene of an incident with all the equipment being bought with the help of the money raised by the charity. Our aim was to raise enough funds to equip a few NWEDS doctors.

“That is our ultimate aim and I’m delighted at the response and generosity of local people and the support we have enjoyed from local businesses.”

NWEDS doctors, Aruni Sen and Mike Bloom, who launched the charity in 2010, attended the event spoke about their voluntary work.

Dr Bloom said: “Since we started in 2010 we have been called out to more than 170 incidents, from car crashes to cardiac arrests.

“We carry pagers and are called by the Ambulance Service when they need help.

Sadly, I have to say the majority of serious car crashes we are called to involve young people.”

Mrs Jepson said: “I’m so proud of the amount of money we have raised in Sarah’s memory and I know her late father, Simon, would be equally proud.”

Aruni Sen, Wrexham Maelor Hospital’s senior A&E Consultant, said there “is a serious design fault” when it comes to the human body dealing with sudden impacts.

“I attended Sarah’s car accident and the head injuries she had suffered meant there was simply nothing anyone could have done to save her,” he said.

“However, NWEDS can and is saving lives and I hope the charity will grow and we can get more doctors involved, trained and ready to turn out to the scene of crashes, falls and other emergencies where the attendance of a qualified and well-equipped doctor can give injured patients the hope of a better outcome. Ultimately we want to save lives.

“If there is something positive that has come out of the tragedy of Sarah’s death it’s the response to the fundraising undertaken in her memory. The money raised will help NWEDS equip and train more doctors and that ultimately may mean more lives are saved.”

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