The owner of a hardware shop is in critical condition in hospital after falling from scaffolding.

Andrew Jenkins, who runs Neath Hardware, suffered serious head injuries in the fall - which happened while out on a job in Swansea constructing a summer house.

The owners of the house he was working on tried to call 999, but Mr Jenkins felt well enough to be taken home. However, while at home his condition took a turn for the worse.

His family called for an ambulance, who then made the decision that he had to be airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff immediately.

The air ambulance initially tried to land at Cimla Common, but could not do so due to bad weather, so Mr Jenkins was driven by land ambulance to Morriston Hospital and flown from there.

The 58-year-old, from Neath, underwent six hours of surgery and was found to have a blood clot on the brain, which was removed. However, he still remains in a critical but stable condition. Efforts are also being made to reduce his blood pressure.

Daughter Louise, who runs the shop with her dad, said: "As a family we are just in utter shock. We can't believe it. He is always so busy and has worked from the age of 15. Myself and my Dad have run this store for the last 13 years. He is always working seven days a week and loves spending time with us, his daughters and his grandchildren.

"We have had a lot of people phoning up and people coming in with cards sending well wishes for him which is lovely to see how well-liked and respected he is.

"We know that he is receiving the best possible care as the doctors keep us updated with his progress. We cannot visit him so at the moment it is a case of waiting to receive a telephone call from the hospital."

The Neath Hardware store based on Windsor Road closed for a couple of days following the incident on April 6.

Louise has now decided to reopen, knowing her dad would have "hated to see his beloved shop with closed doors". It will be open from 9am until 2.45pm for the foreseeable future, during which time delivery services will temporarily be unavailable.

A message on the shop's Facebook page read: "The family would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time and invite you to keep Andrew in your thoughts as he is in ours."