Fix Auto supports terrorist victim

Fix Auto has come together to support Pontypridd father who placed himself in the line of fire to save his wife during the Tunisian massacre earlier this year.

Staff at Fix Auto Pontypridd and guests at Fix Auto UK’s National Conference have raised £7,500 for Matthew James, who made headlines around the world with his heroics in Tunisia.

The money will help support him and his family during a year-long recuperation process.

Matthew is a self employed gas technician, whose brother, Mark, is a panel technician at Fix Auto Pontypridd.

Family and friends of Fix Auto Pontypridd raised £2,500 by organising a gruelling 100-mile cycle challenge from Pontypridd to Hereford and back in September.

Then, in October Fix Auto UK raised a further £5,000 by raffling an Apple Watch – donated by sponsor, Autoflow – to 200 delegates at its National Conference.

Steve Peart, owner of Fix Auto Pontypridd, said, ‘As soon as we heard about Matthew’s story we all wanted to help. His heroics really touched and stunned the whole community. Hopefully, this small gesture will go some way to help Matthew and his family to celebrate Christmas.’

Matthew added, ‘I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with the Fix Auto Pontypridd charity bike ride. It’s hard to put into words how grateful myself and my family are for what people all over the UK have been doing for us.

‘It’s emotional and overwhelming to think people have gone out of their way to help us to try and ease the aftermath of what happened on that day.

‘All the guys at Fix Auto have been amazing with everything they’ve done. I was completely taken aback also when Ian Pugh presented me with another cheque from an event his organisation had staged in aid of us.

‘Again, we cannot be more thankful to the ladies and gentlemen involved there and we are so grateful.  They all have my utmost respect and I will be eternally thankful for everything everyone has done for us.

‘Hopefully one day, we, as a family, can return the favour and perhaps join in on a future charitable event.’