Lorraine (Lolly) was left paralysed after an incident in a club in 2004.
Shortly after arriving, she bought a drink at the bar and headed to the dance floor when another club-goer fell from the balcony above and landed directly on top of her.
Lolly, knew immediately that she was completely paralysed. The impact of the person falling on her was damage to her spinal cord at C4-5 vertebrae. She said: “I had a great career in front of me and life was good. But I knew that something was terribly wrong when all I could do was blink. My friends were telling me to get up but I couldn’t.”
Lolly returned home after ten months of hospital rehabilitation with no movement or feeling from her shoulders down. She is unable to wash, dress or feed herself, and has to rely on others to help her with every daily task.
Lolly is an Ambassador for Spinal Research. She has supported the charity since soon after her injury by giving talks, raising media awareness and taking on challenging fundraisers. From fashion shows, to skydiving, to FES cycling, Lolly is fearless and dynamic when it comes to research for spinal cord injury.
Together, with a group of other women paralysed after spinal cord injury, she is part of Cure Girls, who are determined to see medical treatments for paralysis and to walk again.