Sally climbs Snowdon

Fire Control Operator Sally Barnett prepares to climb Snowdon
6th June, 2007

Sally Barnett has already "climbed a mountain" in recovering from a horseriding accident which broke her back so scaling the heights of Snowdon for real will be a walk in the park for the 35-year-old fire control operator at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

She will trek to the top of the famous Welsh peak exactly a year to the day that she fractured a vertebrae in her back after a fall from a friend's horse in a Bridgnorth field which left her unable to stand.

Sally will be accompanied on the Snowdon trip by husband Paul and fire service colleagues from Shropshire on June 28 in a bid to raise more than £1,500 for Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital and the Fire Service National Benevolent Fund.

"This is a personal goal for me after breaking my back and facing the bleak fact that I may never have walked again. Oswestry Orthopaedic and the Fire Service Therapy Centre at Penrith were instrumental in my recovery," said Sally who spent two months in a metal "torso frame" and a further six months of physio and hydrotherapy.

The accident led her to re-evaluate life and learn to enjoy the good things.

"It has been a life changing experience for me. I now appreciate what I can do," said Sally, of Fenemere, near Baschurch, who is also looking forward to the 10th anniversary Horseshoes Welsh Run charity motorcycle ride from Shropshire to Llandudno four days before the Snowdon climb.

To sponsor Sally contact her on 07973 703 829.