An 11-year-old with a love of Pembrokeshire and a severe visual impairment has set himself a unique
challenge this summer and is raising money for the RNLI in the process.
On 16 July, Asher Jenkin Jones will attempt a sponsored three-mile, solo paddle board from Caldey Island off the south west coast of Wales into the historic harbour in Tenby. He only took up the sport a year ago but he has a point to prove!
Asher was diagnosed with three brain tumours when he was 10-months-old. He received treatment at the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre in Nottingham with major surgery to remove one tumour, followed by three years of chemotherapy.
His brain tumours have left him with a severe visual impairment but nothing stops him living life to the full enjoying fun activities like skiing and judo. He has also recently started playing goalball.
Asher, who is a pupil at The Elms School in Long Eaton, explained:
‘I want to show everyone that people who have disabilities can do great things too, and I want to encourage other people who have my kind of disability to try new things. I don’t want people to underestimate what I can do. Not falling into the water is going to be the hardest thing but I’ve been practicing and I’m just looking forward to doing it now.’
Asher is raising money for three charities that are close to his heart, with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution being one of them.
A spokesman for Tenby RNLI Lifeboat Station said:
‘We’re delighted to be able to support Asher in his challenge. He’s an inspiration to other young people and we wish him all the best on 16 July. We’re also very grateful to him for choosing to support us in saving lives at sea.’
Dad Tony Jenkin Jones added:
‘Asher amazes everyone he meets and people see his amazing abilities rather than his disabilities – what he can do not what he can’t do. In fact because of his positive attitude and bubbly personality, they soon forget he has a disability at all. He has a host of interests and has just got a distinction in his guitar exams. Nothing holds this boy back. He doesn’t accept his boundaries.’
Asher concluded: ‘I’d like to help as many people as I possibly can. By supporting me on my challenge you’ll be helping people with disabilities, which is a good thing, and that will make a very big difference. Doing this it may get people talking about children with disabilities and what we are capable of achieving.”
If you can help Asher with his challenge of a lifetime. Visit his website here https://www.facebook.com/asherpaddleboardchallenge. If you are able you can sponsor him at http://bit.ly/1PXz6zI
For further information about Asher’s challenge or to request an interview with Asher please contact Tony Jenkin Jones on +44 7703 email@example.com. For further information about the RNLI, please contact Tenby RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Ben James on 0797143716.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launches on mercy mission after monk taken ill on Caldey Island . . . .
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 10.30am today (12 June) after one of the monks fell ill on Caldey Island. The Haydn Miller was on the water within 6 minutes, with the volunteer crew joined by 2 Paramedics.
Once at Caldey, the Paramedics went ashore and up to the village to assess the casualty, with a crew member going along to provide communications with the lifeboat. The Haydn Miller then returned to the Harbour to collect members of Tenby’s Coastguard Rescue team in case a helicopter landing site needed to be set up.
Shortly after the lifeboat arrived back at Caldey, the on scene Paramedics decided that a helicopter was the best method to evacuate the casualty so the Coastguard team were put ashore to go up to the Lighthouse to prepare the island’s helicopter landing site.
Once stabilised, the casualty was brought up to the lighthouse in a stretcher, where Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan landed just after 12pm. The patient was handed into the care of the helicopter’s Paramedic and was then flown to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
The lifeboat then left Caldey, returning to station just after 1pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 4.19pm today (3 June) after a report that people were cut off on the Paragon beach by the incoming tide.
As the Georgina Taylor was approaching the scene, they noticed several people wading through the water between the Paragon beach and the Iron Bar steps and then climbing the steps to safety.
As there were no other people cut off by the tide, the lifeboat was stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.18pm today (31 May) after a kayak capsized off Trewent point near Freshwater East.
As the Haydn Miller was arriving on scene, the occupant of the kayak was being picked out of the water by the crew of the Manorbier Range Safety vessel Smit Merrion, who happened to be in the area. The casualty was then transferred aboard the lifeboat to be assessed before being brought ashore in Freshwater East where the Coastguard were waiting to meet him.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving back at 3.30pm.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.25pm today (30 May) after a report that a dog had gone over the cliff at Manorbier.
The volunteer crew soon had the lifeboat on the water and made best speed towards Manorbier. As they were approaching the scene, Milford Haven Coastguard confirmed that the dog had been safely recovered and was now back in the possession of its owner.
The Haydn Miller was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched at 5.15pm today (28 May) after a phone call to Milford Haven Coastguard from the partner of a kayaker reporting that he’d disappeared from sight off Waterwynch and hadn’t returned.
Once launched, the crew started their search at 1st Point and quickly spotted the casualty off Waterwynch. They went alongside and although he confirmed he was in no danger, the crew advised he make his way back to shore where his relieved partner was waiting for him.
The volunteer crew then returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly after 5pm today (24th May) after a member of the public went into the town’s Police station reporting that they’d spotted what appeared to be an upturned kayak off Waterwynch.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water, with the volunteer crew beginning their search from the end of North beach, toward Waterwynch. They were joined by Tenby Coastguard and also Police units who searched from the cliff top.
During their search, the lifeboat crew spoke to the occupant of a local fishing vessel who said he’d been in the area for an hour and hadn’t seen any kayaks.
With nobody reported missing and the search area covered by both land and sea units, it was declared a false alarm and the lifeboat was stood down to return to station.
Tenby RNLI lifeboats rescue kayaker from rocks after he capsizes off West Moor cliff . . . . .
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats launched shortly before 4pm today (18th May) after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a gentleman stating that his friend had disappeared from sight after he was unable to get back into his kayak after capsizing in a fresh offshore breeze.
Both lifeboats were quickly on the water, with the volunteer crew making best speed toward the casualty’s position.
Once on scene, the lifeboats were directed towards the casualty by a local fishing boat that had spotted him swimming towards the rocks and had stood-by whilst he made his way ashore.
The inshore lifeboat went into the rocks and took the casualty aboard. He was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat to be checked over whilst awaiting the arrival of rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan. The helicopter was soon overhead and winched the casualty up and then landed him on Freshwater East beach where paramedics were waiting to check him over. The casualty was feeling cold and unwell due to ingesting sea water so it was decided that he should be flown to Withybush Hospital, accompanied by one of the Paramedics.
Both boats were then stood down, arriving back at station at about 5.30pm.
Tenby’s inshore lifeboat rescues dog that was cut off by tide after running away from its owner . . . . . .
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly before 7am on Monday 9th May after a call to Milford Haven Coastguard from a gentleman reporting that his dog had got cut off by the incoming tide after it ran off whilst he was walking it along the Paragon beach.
The lifeboat was soon on scene, with the volunteer crew spotting the dog in a small cove under the Imperial Hotel. A crew member went ashore and retrieved the dog, which was none the worse for its ordeal.
The dog was then taken back to Tenby Harbour and reunited with its relieved owner who had made his way down to the Inshore Lifeboat station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly before 5.30pm on Tuesday 26th April following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard from 3 people stating that they were cut off by the incoming tide between 1st Point and Waterwynch.
The volunteer crew began their search at the end of North Beach and quickly found the casualties on rocks between 1st and 2nd Points.
They were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over to make sure they didn’t need medical attention, before being dropped onto the North Beach where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard.