Gran's amazing abseil a year after bus horror

TWELVE months ago Sharon Nutland was in intensive care with serious injuries after being hit by a bus.

Saturday, 6th May 2017, 5:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:01 pm
Sharon Nutland, from Hilsea, was hit by a bus in Copnor Road, Hilsea in April last year and has made a full recovery Picture: Sarah Standing (170558-769)

But the 60-year-old grandma has made a remarkable recovery and has abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower for charity.

Sharon, from Hilsea, spent four days in a critical condition following the accident on Copnor Road last April.

She was airlifted to Southampton with 11 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a broken wrist, collarbone, eye socket and nose and skull fractures.

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Sharon doing her abseil

But a year later Sharon is fully healed with no further complications and was fit enough to abseil down the Spinnaker Tower for Cancer Research UK.

She said she chose that charity as she also survived breast cancer 17 years ago.

‘Cancer couldn’t stop me, being hit by a bus couldn’t stop me, nothing can,’ Sharon said.

‘After the accident, I felt broken. I didn’t think I would be able to go to the gym or do body pump so I never imagined I would be abseiling down the tower a year later.

The aftermath of the bus accident in Copnor Road last April Picture: UKNIP

‘I was due to do the abseil last year as my friend’s daughter died of breast cancer and it was her favourite building in Portsmouth. But then the accident happened so I couldn’t.

‘It is really great to mark the anniversary and show how far I have come.’

Since getting out of hospital, school admin assistant Sharon has been fundraising for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

She added: ‘They saved my life. I really feel if it wasn’t for the air ambulance, I wouldn’t be here.

Sharon doing her abseil

‘I wanted to do my bit and give something back to them.’

When celebrating her 60th birthday, Sharon asked for donations to the air ambulance instead of presents and has been holding events like a prosecco evening.

She hopes to do more in the future for them and said only a skydive would top the abseil.

‘Abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower was amazing and although I was nervous before, by the time I was half-way down I felt okay,’ she said.

The aftermath of the bus accident in Copnor Road last April Picture: UKNIP

‘For my next big event, I am thinking about doing a sky dive. It is something I really want to try.’

Sharon’s daughter Judy Douglas said she was proud of her mum and what she has achieved in the past year.

She said: ‘It is nice to see her as she is now, it was scary when we were in the hospital.

‘There has been lots of support from everyone which was lovely.’