Injured Nikki's bid to keep children safe

BATTLING Nikki Webber is hoping to land a blow for road safety - by telling her story on the internet.

The 29-year-old from Bircotes has already spoken to hundreds of school pupils around Doncaster telling them how she was left unable to walk after a horrific road accident 20 years ago.

Now she is taking her story online to make sure even more people can hear her cautionary tale, and be warned of the dangers the roads can pose.

Nikki is concerned television plotlines involving road injuries do not always reflect how devastating their effects can be.

She said: "What I'm trying to get across is that in soaps like EastEnders, Home and Away and Emmerdale, people get knocked down and then three weeks later they're back to normal, and running around.

"I want to tell people that it's not like that at all. I don't like the way television sometimes portrays this sort of thing.

"I'm wanting to raise awareness and make people understand that disability is for life - and my story is in there.

"But whether you are disabled or not, you still think the same.

"I am saying to people, 'Please look at my website, and see what a car did to me'.

"I got up that morning, went on a family day out, and the next thing I knew I was waking up from a coma to be told I would never walk again.

"I'm writing a book as well."

Since suffering her injuries, sustained at the age of nine in Bawtry, Nikki has gone some way towards learning to walk again. But she had to learn all the skills from scratch, and has had to learn to balance all over again.

"It is like learning to walk in an adult's body," she said.

Nikki, of Shrewsbury Road, has battled back from her injuries to such an extent she has even become a parish councillor in her home village.

But she has had many years of physiotherapy to get her to the position she is in today. Log on to www nikkiwebber.co.uk

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