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Pembrokeshire pays tribute to our Paralympics hero

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OVER the weekend Pembrokeshire faced sad news as local Paralympics hero, Jacob Thomas, sadly passed away at the age of 25.

Jacob was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic condition which meant he would need support from a wheelchair within life. As he was growing up he was introduced to the sport Boccia and his sporting success began.

The talented sports star let nothing get in his way, becoming a huge name within Boccia. Jacob gained many medals in the sport before his retirement in 2016, including the gold medal at the World Student Games in Brazil, and bronze and silver at the World Championships in Beijing.

Through all his achievements the most highlighted was representing Great Britain in Boccia at the London 2012 Paralympics games. Jacob was only 17 years old when competing and was the youngest team member in the GB Boccia team. Within his time at the Paralympics he received recognition for years of hard work and dedication to the sport.

Scott McCowan, a fellow GB Boccia teammate and friend to Jacob, expressed his condolences on social media;

“I have so many great memories with him and his Dad whether it be the incredible experience of London 2012, winning our first British major medal in so many years in Portugal, or winning the pairs silver medal together at the World Championships and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to share it with! Although he will obviously be remembered for his incredible sporting achievements, more than that he was a great friend and wonderful person and I will miss him a great deal. I will always have terrific memories of him and his loving family of Michael, Caroline, Polly and Wayne who my thoughts are with at such a difficult time. Stay strong guys.”

Pembrokeshire Herald would like to express their thoughts and condolences to Jacobs friends and family at this difficult time.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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