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Wheelchair appeal for disabled Spalding Priory School teacher injured in car crash

A £21,000 fundraising appeal has been launched to buy a new powered wheelchair so a disabled Spalding teacher injured in a car crash can go back to work.

Nicole Amott (29) spent 12 days in intensive car following the crash on a family outing to Woburn Abbey on May 31.

Nicole, who teaches at The Priory School, is now on the road to recovery but her car was written-off and her wheelchair is too badly damaged to use anywhere but home.

Nicole Amott cutting the tape at the start of The Priory School's Race for Life on May 24.
Nicole Amott cutting the tape at the start of The Priory School's Race for Life on May 24.

The teacher, who has muscular dystrophy and scoliosis, has been confined to a wheelchair since she was 11.

The crash left Nicole with two broken legs, a hairline fracture of the knee and a blood clot needing medical treatment.

Muscular dystrophy means Nicole has only 43 per cent of normal lung function and she's currently battling a chest infection.

Her mum, Sally Mason, said: "She was in intensive care but it's not the closest we have come to losing her."

Sally, a teaching assistant at Spalding's St John the Baptist School, explained Nicole had twice almost succumbed to pneumonia - once as a young teenager through surgery to insert a metal rod into her spine to relieve her breathing and treat her scoliosis.

The crash left Nicole's husband Lee with a minor ankle injury but fortunately their toddler son, Joseph (2), escaped unhurt thanks to a rear facing car seat.

Sally says despite her injuries, Nicole's first words - as the ambulance delivered her to hospital - were about her work and her pupils.

"She wants the best for her students," said Sally. "She is just so conscientious as well. I have been in contact with Daran Bland - her head teacher - and he said the main thing Nicole needs to worry about is getting herself right."

Nicole was insured for the loss of her car but it was impossible to get cover for the relatively 'ancient' powered wheelchair that cost £16,500 when she was a pupil at Spalding High School.

Sally says the wheelchair was "rather battered" in the crash - and that means she won't be allowed to sit in the chair to drive her replacement, adapted car.

"She needs to have a car and a wheelchair to get to work," said Sally.

Nicole's family are starting to line up fundraising events to find the £21,000 for the replacement wheelchair - and Sally has set up a crowdfunding page on JustGiving, and you can donate by clicking here.

Nicole was transferred to Peterborough City Hospital last week and, on Monday this week, was allowed out of bed for the first time.

Troubles have piled up for Nicole this year as the specially adapted bungalow where she lives could be compulsorily purchased and demolished because it sits on a potential route of the proposed Spalding Western Relief Road.

But the eldest of five sisters has a life-long habit of beating obstacles.

Sally said: "She just doesn't give up. She is very determined. She has the attitude 'there are things you can't do but think about the things you can do and make the most of your life'."

One example of Nicole's determination saw her commute daily from Spalding to Bishop Grossteste University, Lincoln, to get the qualifications she needed for teaching.

* Only a week before her accident, Nicole witnessed her school taking part in Race for Life, which she organised in aid of Cancer Research UK.

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Spalding Special Schools Federation member Priory School invites pupils and staff to 'Race for Life' and raise money for Cancer Research UK

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