Fundraising walk to take place in aid of popular Wem paramedic


Emily Davies

A fundraising walk will take place at Dearnford Lake later this month in aid of a popular Wem paramedic.
Mel Jago, who is well known in the town, suffered serious brain injuries after falling down the stairs at her home last September.
She was found her by 11-year-old son Finn, who called an ambulance – saving her life – before she was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Stoke Hospital.
After spending several weeks in a critical condition, Mel was moved to a special neuro rehabilitation hospital in Burslem at Christmas.
But she is likely to need specialist treatment for a further 18 months to regain her speech and movement, plus costly adaptations to her home.
Fiona Mahon, a close friend Mel’s, is hosting the walk “Thinking of Mel” on Sunday, February 26, which will be the first in a series of fundraisers to support Mel and her family.
She said: “As a paramedic, Mel has served her community in and around Wem and Whitchurch for more than 15 years and is well loved by many local people. 
“She has helped and supported countless patients and their families in their hour of need and now we have an opportunity to help Mel when she needs it most.
“At present Mel has an uncertain future, but through our fundraising activities we hope to get her the best available treatment and facilities at home to help her when she leaves hospital.”
The two-hour walk sets off at 11am and tickets – which cost £5 for adults – can be bought in advance via the website

It is free for children aged under 16 to take part. Dogs on leads will be welcome.
For more information contact Fiona on 07539 340361.
There will also be a raffle and tombola with great prizes including a bottle of champagne, New Look vouchers and cinema tickets donated by Wem Town Hall, and people can also donate via
Updates on Mel’s progress and further fundraisers will be made available at








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