Sheffield walker who broke her leg after falling on Redmires Reservoirs seeks to find kind passersby who came to her aid

A Sheffield woman who broke her leg after slipping on ice while walking around Redmires Reservoirs is hoping to be reunited with kind passersby who brought her to safety.

Saturday, 20th February 2021, 4:20 pm

Helen Jane White, 58, from Lodge Moor, had to have surgery to repair her fractured her leg and dislocated ankle when she slipped on ice while walking down the bottom dam of the group of reservoirs in Fulwood on February 11 – after temperatures dropped to -4°C.

The nurse who regularly walks around Redmires decided to go a different route to her usual path and fell while accidentally stepping on an icy puddle and losing her footing.

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Helen needed surgery to repair her fractured her leg and dislocated ankle after falling at Redmires Reservoirs.

Helen said she didn’t know what she would have done if a couple of dog walkers had not have come to her rescue after she slipped and stayed with her until Edale Mountain Rescue Team arrived and brought her down to the ambulance.

The 58-year-old wants to thank the ‘kind’ blonde, small woman, from Nether Edge who was walking her Golden Retriever called Murray, when she found Helen on the ground and gave her her coat to wrap around her dislocated ankle in the freezing conditions before paramedics arrived.

A man who was taking his medium sized, red dog for a walk also came to the nurse’s assistance and remained with her until professionals could help her down the dam.

Helen said: "I just think it was such a lovely thing to do, especially in these times because I was told later that it was -4°C and often I can go walking around the dams and not see a soul, so if I had fallen and no one had been around, I don't know what would have happened.

"At the time, I felt too poorly to ask any details but I did say to the blonde woman that I would try and track her down.”

The 58-year-old has already traced and thanked a helpful jogger who saw her laying on the ground and notified Edale Mountain Rescue, as she realised an ambulance would struggle to get up the steep path she had fallen on.

Helen, who is currently on bed rest for the next two weeks while her leg and ankle heals, added: “When I fell I just thought 'how am I going to get out of this situation' and luckily that was solved for me by these three people who helped.

"I would just like to say thank you to the woman and send her a small token of appreciation, even if it is just for Murray the dog who was trying to keep me warm.

"It's made me feel lovely and that's why I want to thank them because I couldn't have managed without their help, the situation could have been infinitely worse without their help.

"We are all having horrible, horrible times, it has been a horrible year and I think the fact that especially the woman was prepared to take off her coat and she wrapped it around my leg and kept saying is there anything else I can do.”

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