A YEAR after an accident left her with a broken pelvis, collarbone and ribs, 19-year-old Claire Okell has set off on a 190-mile walk to raise money for the Air Ambulance that rescued her that day.
On Monday, Claire left the beach at St Bees in Cumbria, heading for the rocks at Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire in a coast-to-coast walk that will take her through three national parks.
Only last April the horse enthusiast from Barrow had an accident while eventing in a remote part of Norfolk.
'The horse hit a fence,' said Claire. 'He rolled straight over me. It wasn't really possible to go in an ambulance by land so they decided to airlift me.
'I was really lucky because my hat was completely trashed and I was fine in my head.
'It took me 10 weeks before I was walking on crutches and it was at the end of the summer when I started doing a little bit more exercise.'
Claire says having been airlifted herself she is now raising money to help finance air ambulances in North Wales.
'It costs £750,000 a year to run one air ambulance and it's completely dependant on charitable donations.'
The accident meant the Queen's School pupil, who had been due to take her A-levels, spent an enforced gap year recovering from her injuries.
Half of the money she raises will go to Raleigh International, a charity which promotes youth development across the world.
Next month she will head to Namibia for three months with a group that does community, environmental and youth development work.
She has £2,000 to raise to be able to go to Namibia, and wants to raise a total of £4,000 from the walk.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Claire contact 01829 740534.