A STUDENT who has rebuilt her life after being blinded by an air bag has thanked supporters of a talent show which raised cash for guide dogs.
Brave Kelly Green, aged 16, has just begun sixth form after the car she was travelling in was in a collision - and the impact of the air bag blinded her.
The teenager, who will need a guide dog in the future, was a judge at the first Eckington’s Got Talent show - which raised £1,190 for The Guide Dogs For The Blind charity.
Gillian Parker, an organiser of the show, said it was a ‘full house’ at Eckington Civic Centre.
She added: “It was a really good night and we are going to hold the talent show again because it was such a success.
“Kelly loved it, she was one of the judges and even had a swivel chair and everything like on The Voice television show.
“She would like to thank everybody, all the sponsors and people that helped make the event happen.
“The money will all go to The Guide Dogs for the Blind as Kelly is very keen to help them help others like herself. “
The money raised by the show will also be matched by local employer Nick Whitehead, who owns businesses Xbite and 365games.co.uk.
Winners were Kassia Weston, aged 10, Rachel Louise Pemberton, 13, and Ryan Allinson, 20.
Guest appearances were also made by talented singers Sophie Stanbra, April Parker and Jessica Hobson, the winners of talent show Killamarsh Has Got Talent earlier this year.
Kelly, of Eckington, was blinded just days before her 16th birthday last October.
She was the passenger in a BMW driven by her dad Geoff along a rain-soaked Blackstock Road, Gleadless, when it slipped, hit a pothole and the central reservation and flipped on to its roof.
The impact of the airbag hitting her in the eyes is what doctors believe caused her to lose her sight.
BMW has said it ‘would welcome the chance to inspect the vehicle in order to carry out a thorough investigation’.