As Prince Charles opened the Wales Air Ambulance in Llanelli, he met with young Cian whose mother and unborn sister died in 2016.
Dian’s mother, Rebecca Evans was in a three-car crash on the M4 motorway on her way to work at a homeless charity. Her partner Alex Evans had facial injuries, while Cian was airlifted with a fractured skull and two broken legs. Cian was only two at the time.
Upon opening the base, Mr Evans and Cian met Prince Charles and gifted him with local honey. Four-year-old Curtis Thomas, a transplant patient also helped out.
Mr Evans spoke to the BBC after saying his son “would not be here today” without the ambulance service.
Rebecca Evans also taught the Encore Stage School choir who performed at the opening. The choir has raised thousands of pounds for the Wales Air Ambulance as a way to remember their teacher.
Speaking to the staff of the Air Ambulance, Prince Charles said: “I think what you are doing is remarkable and as the father of an ex-air ambulance pilot, I have some vague understanding of what you all do and just what high professional standards you manage to achieve.”
The Prince of Wales also took time to chat with Max Boyce and Bonnie Tyler, sharing jokes amongst each other.
Before opening the air ambulance base, Prince Charles was in Sully to meet parents, children and staff at the Ty Hafan children’s hospice which he is patron of.
Prince Charles rotated around the families and children, to which he said to one family: “I am so glad you have this place; it is remarkable.”
Since the facility opened in 1999, it has helped over 600 youth from all across Wales that do not have a long life expectancy. The hospice is operated by one of the top paediatric palliative care charities in the United Kingdom.