‘I ran marathons, I enjoyed climbing. Then one morning I woke up and couldn’t walk anymore’ Jamie McAnsh considered ending his life but now hopes his story will inspire people to follow his ‘example… Wales on line 27th August 2016
A FORMER solider from Cwmbran has won a bravery award after losing the use of his legs through a neurological disease. Jamie McAnsh, 35, from Coed Eva, was a former Royal Engineer but awoke one morning after Christmas and New Year in January 2014 to find he had lost feeling in his legs.
He scooped the ‘Against All Odds’ award at the Charles Holland Awards for Brave Britons at the ceremony held in London on Wednesday. Mr McAnsh said: “It’s very special to receive this award,” as he pipped three other nominees to the award. South Wales argus 25th August 2016
A FORMER soldier who awoke to find he had lost the use of his legs, has been shortlisted for an award to find the bravest Briton. In 2014 after celebrating Christmas and New Year, Cwmbran man Jamie McAnsh discovered he was unable to move his legs. Although he was eventually able to move again, the condition began reoccurring and worsening until eventually he lost the use of his legs over the course of a few months.
The ex-Royal engineer was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome and began needing to use a wheelchair to get around. South Wales argus 23rd August 2016
A FRIEND of a Caerwent teenager who died of toxic shock syndrome will be travelling more than 21 miles on a handcycle in her memory.
Jamie McAnsh, 33, will be journeying 21.6 miles from his home on Mount Pleasant Road in Cwmbran to the Priory Church of St Mary in Chepstow.
The ride, which will take place on February 19, is part of the 13 days of awareness of TSS organised by the family of Natasha Scott-Falber.
The campaign, which is backed by the Argus’ sister paper the Free Press, will be taking place from February 14 to raise awareness of TSS as Natasha was 14-years-old when she died on February 14, 2013, of TSS from using her first tampon. South Wales Argus Febuary 2015
A CWMBRAN man who used his bare hands to climb up Pen y Fan after his wheelchair broke has set his sights on his next gruelling challenge. Jamie McAnsh was climbing up the highest peak in south Wales, and was more than 19k through the trek, when his wheel buckled around 100 feet short of the summit.
But with the support of his team, who were taking part in the WAAT4 challenge of a 30km trek through the Brecon Beacons, he managed to reach the top. Although he didn’t manage to complete the full charity challenge, Mr McAnsh believes he is the first person to complete Pen y Fan in a wheelchair. South Wales Argus June 2015
The WAAT4 Challenge is a walking event which is held every year in the Brecon Beacons. It starts and finishes at Parc De Pugh, Brecon Rugby Club but in between, competitors need to navigate 30km or 40km around the Beacons (which incorporates Pen-y Fan) through a number of checkpoints on route. It is an arduous event and is for anyone to take part in. In Comunity – FYI Brecon
Cardiff Celts wheelchair basketball club has been home to some uplifting stories in its 12-year existence and it is going from strength to strength.
The community it has created has such a positive influence on those within it, and the support network it provides has helped so many. The opportunity the club offers has had a particularly profound impact on one of its newest members. Jamie McAnsh was left in a wheelchair just six weeks ago in an incident he still has difficulty talking about, but found basketball has helped him to adapt and come to terms with it. Cardiffian Febuary 2014