Our fundraiser of the month this month is Harriet Barnsley, who is undertaking the amazing challenge of using her wheelchair to travel 100 miles in April to raise money for Roadpeace.
Eight years ago, Harriet was hit by drunk driver travelling at 101mph while standing at a bus stop. Upon waking from a coma, she learned her friend Rebecca had died at the scene.
Harriet is writing a book about her experience. She says;
‘Having been hit by a car that was travelling at 101mph, whilst stood in a bus stop in Birmingham. I woke from a month-long coma to learn my friend had been with me and was killed at the scene, and I had life changing injuries. Five years later I developed serious mental health issues, namely psychosis, and believed I had died at the scene and was living in hell. I’m writing a book about making it through the physical recovery, and then the mental recovery, and want to remind people that they can cope with whatever life throws at them.’
Harriet is also campaigning for parliament to debate a change in road traffic legislation to refer to ‘collisions’ not ‘accidents’, something that RoadPeace has long supported. You can sign the petition here.
Harriet has already raised an incredible £650 for RoadPeace as part of this challenge, with still time to donate at this link should you wish.
You can follow Harriet’s progress on her social media accounts and blog below
Thank you so much for all you are doing Harriet!
If you’ve been inspired by Harriet and would like to fundraise for RoadPeace, please visit our donation page or contact Simon at Simon.Faulkner@roadpeace.org
Updated on: 28 April 2022