Caroline Davie

Immediate help a bonus for Scottish accident survivor

Car crash survivor Caroline Davie couldn’t believe how straightforward it was to receive help from Rooprai Spinal Trust.

Andy responded to her enquiry on the same day and arranged immediately for her to have a place on their scholarship programme for a week at Prime Physio in Royston.

Caroline, 33 , said: “Other charities often require lengthy forms and supporting documents to be submitted before being considered for any sort of help. RST didn’t require any forms to be filled in to apply for the scholarship which was refreshing and made the process very straightforward.

“Andy and Marianne met me on my first day at Prime and have stayed in contact.”

The Fife woman suffered life-changing spinal injuries when she had a car accident while on a working holiday in Australia in 2014. A fundraising page helped raise the money to bring her back home where she could start her rehabilitation.

Three years after her accident she heard about the great work carried out at Prime Physio when she watched an interview with Zach Washington Young after he completed the London Marathon following a spinal cord injury. He attributed his progress to the input of the team at Prime.

Despite living more than a six-hour drive away, Caroline contacted Prime to be told about RST. The charity’s support enabled her to find out first-hand what the physios can do to help.

Andy and Marrianne have stayed in contact with Caroline since the first meeting, offering advice when needed.

“Andy and Marrianne are very approachable and helpful and have lots of expertise on all things rehab and spinal cord injury (SCI) related. There is so much to deal with after a spinal cord injury, sometimes making it difficult no to feel a bit overwhelmed and isolated.

“Accessing support from those in a similar situation definitely helps you feel you’re not alone with your problems.”