Parents of girl paralysed by car crash taking on Great North Run to thank the charity that helped

Lisa Orrick and Chris Bootes are taking on the Great North Run to thank the charity that helped their daughter Jessica Bootes.
Lisa Orrick and Chris Bootes are taking on the Great North Run to thank the charity that helped their daughter Jessica Bootes.

The parents of a South Tyneside youngster who was left paralysed by a car crash are taking on the Great North Run to say thank you to the charity that helped them.

Lisa Orrock and her partner Chris Bootes, from Harton, South Shields, are set to complete the 13.1-mile run for the Sick Children’s Trust.

The charity supported them when their daughter Jessica Bootes, now five, was left fighting for her life in hospital when their family car was hit frombehind.

For 11 days, Jessica was in an induced coma and although the doctors weren’t sure if she would pull through, Jessica survived, but was left paralysed down the right side of her body.

Lisa said: “The Sick Children’s Trust was absolutely marvellous and everyone who worked there became like family, offering us a shoulder to cry on and a friendly ear to talk to.”

She added: “Jessica still has a way to go but she’s a trooper and we are just happy that she is here with us and that we are getting to see her grow up into a wonderful person.”