A grandmother and former postwoman who had her leg amputated is going to be walking around a tarn to raise money for the ambulance that helped save her life.

Doreen Nichol, who was born and raised in Brampton and remains there to this day, is an 82-year-old woman who will be known by most of the residents of the small northeast Cumbrian town, having been a postwoman until 2006.

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, Doreen was involved in a horrific car/pedestrian road accident on the Brampton bypass heading towards Newcastle, which she doesn't remember as she also injured her head.

She sustained several injuries including having to have half her right leg amputated.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and Northwest Ambulance Service (NWAS) paramedics attended.

Her granddaughter Jodie Mark said: “With the help of these amazing people. and several people who stopped to help, she is still very much with us today.

“It has been a long, slow journey for Doreen but she has never given up.

“She has had countless hours of physio and hospital appointments and has her very own prosthetic leg.

“Learning to walk again has been a challenge but one the family is all behind her with.

“Her house has had to adapted inside and out.

“To mark the anniversary of her accident and to raise money for GNAAS, she has decided to walk one lap of Talkin Tarn.

“On Sunday, August 7, 2022, Doreen will set off from Alex Boathouse, Talkin Tarn at 12pm and walk anticlockwise to finish at the tearooms. 

“Doreen has set a target of £500 and in just online donations alone, she has almost achieved this.”

To donate to the fundraiser, click here.