Former Potters Bar businesswoman who suffered devastating brain injury is in line for national award

Lucy Christmas Day 2015.

Lucy Christmas Day 2015.

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A Potters Bar woman who sustained a brain injury that left her blind and unable to walk has been shortlisted for a national award after launching her own charity marathon.

Lucy Thurlow, 44, from Potters Bar, is one of just three people from across the UK to be named a finalist for the Alex Richardson Achiever of the Year award to recognise her personal achievements.

Lucy, who lives in a care home, said: “I feel very honoured to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award.

“I’ve never wanted any sort of fuss but I was bursting with the news and couldn’t wait to tell everyone at our home and thank them all for their incredible ongoing support which has helped me get this far.

“The best part about my recovery has been re-learning how to walk. I love to walk everyday now, and will never again take such things for granted.”

Sue Thurlow, Lucy’s mum, said: “Lucy has come so far and I couldn’t be prouder of her. The early stages of recovery were dreadful.

“When Lucy first arrived at the care home, all she would do is sit screaming every day. To see my daughter now holding such wonderful conversations with the other residents and joining in with the discussion groups is a real pleasure.

“My Lucy is truly remarkable.”

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