An ULVERSTON paramedic who was a victim of a drunk hit-and-run is asking for your votes after being nominated for a national award due to his fundraising work.

Jack Talbot suffered life-threatening injuries when a car crashed into him at 50mph in July last year.

After being placed in a coma for 13 days and spending five weeks in hospital, Jack has made a miraculous recovery.

The 26-year-old and 30 other cyclists rode took part in a coast-to-coast fundraising event.

The cyclists set off from Walney at 4am in a gruelling journey which would take them 150 miles to the mouth of the River Tyne, in Newcastle.

More than 14 hours later the riders wheeled their way over the line.

The fundraiser was in aid of North West Air Ambulance, who Jack said he owes his life and wellbeing too.

His target was to raise £3,000 but Jack smashed his total.

With hundreds of generous donators, Jack doubled his target and raised over £7,000 and has been nominated anonymously for his outstanding fundraising work this year with Cycling Weekly Magazine.

Jack said he is very grateful for the nomination and he is speechless to be recognised.

He said: “I have no idea who has voted for me or who put my name forward, so I am forever grateful for that.

“I am speechless and it feels amazing to know my fundraising has been acknowledged by people.”

Jack has said that he hopes to complete annual fundraising events to raise money for the organisations who saved his life.

He added that he loves knowing the fact he has done his friends and family proud.

“Where I was 18 months ago to where I am now, it is a massive achievement for me,” he said.

“There was a time where I needed people to help me shower and do the basic things, so my recovery has been amazing.”

“It has made been even more determined to do more fundraising events because I owe everything to the Air Ambulance service.”

Jack has resumed his job as a paramedic, which he loves.

He said: “I have been a paramedic for two years and involved with the ambulance service for four years.

“The job is so rewarding and being able to make a difference to people is what I enjoy the most, even more so after what happened to me.”

His nomination for Cycling Weekly Magazine is for the best charitable initiative, where Jack is down to the final four.

Voting is still ongoing, with Jack calling on all Ulverstonians to cast their vote for him.

The winner will be revealed on December 8 at the prestigious Northumberland Avenue venue in London.

To vote for Jack or for more information, go to