Crash survivor inspires Wrexham wheelchair walk


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A WHEELCHAIR walk will raise money for a woman who suffered 96 per cent burns when she was trapped in a blazing coach.

Staff, residents and families from Pendine Park, Wrexham, will take part in the sponsored event in aid of 20-year-old Catrin Pugh, of Rossett.

It is part of a series of events to raise funds for Catrin, who was given a one-in-1,000 chance of survival after the coach crash near the Alpe d’Huez resort in France in April last year left her with 96 per cent burns.

Inspirational Catrin has had skin grafts from her mother, Sara and brother Robert as part of her recovery and has had more than 4,000 staples in her body to hold them in place.

The home’s four mile walk will start from the Gwern Alyn Care Home in Percy Road, Wrexham, at 2pm on Saturday.

The walkers will head to Bellevue Park before returning to Gwern Alyn for a barbecue and live entertainment.

It is part of a series of events to raise money for Catrin, including a karaoke and disco night and a summer fete.

Gwern Alyn manager Jen Roberts paid tribute to Catrin’s bravery.

She said: “Catrin is such an inspiration to us all – she’s amazing. Everyone’s said that she’s been so positive.

“It has been a real team effort to put on these events and the rest of the staff, the residents and their families have all got behind it.”

Catrin has been moved by the support given to her by the community.

She said: “I feel very humbled by the support people have shown me. People I’ve never met know me and it’s really nice that they want to help.

“People in the community have raised more than £16,000 for the burns unit where I was treated, which is wonderful because it helped them buy equipment that helped me and which is now helping other people.

“I want to inspire people who are going through similar situations.”

Gwen Alyn resident Harold Roden, 97, is among the oldest people taking part in the walk.

“It’s a good idea to raise money for Catrin because it is going to help her to have a better life so it’s really worthwhile and I’m going to give it everything,” he said.

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