I am thankful I’m still alive

We were shocked to read, in this week’s issue of the local paper, of the terrible injuries suffered by Miss Berry (who served both at Lisvane and the College from 1974 until 2005) and her friend in a car accident in November.

What follows is some of the detail outlined in the Scarborough News. Dorothy was a passenger in the car driven by her friend Margaret. They were travelling along Seamer Moor Lane to York on a shopping trip. The single carriageway was clearly marked with double white lines due to numerous hidden dips. A car driven by a 17 year old, provisional driver who was not displaying L-plates was being driven on the wrong side of the road and ploughed head-on into the car in which Dorothy was a passenger.

Miss Berry was knocked unconscious, suffered a number of catastrophic injuries including a broken collarbone, collapsed lung, fractured hip, fractured chest bone, two spinal fractures, a perforated ulcer and a severely bruised breastbone. She was transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary and spent five months in hospital under the care of doctors and her extreme physical and mental trauma resulted in a stroke. After a spell in Scarborough Hospital where she underwent more surgery she was not discharged until the end of March and now requires round-the-clock care. She can no longer walk unassisted and cannot put the kettle on.

“Mine and Margaret’s lives have been turned upside down. Everyday tasks have become impossible. Ultimately, I’m thankful I’m still alive.”

The driver pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance. He was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for 2 years and seven months.

We apologise for the lack of information at the time but were unaware that this had happened. If you would like to pass a message on to Dorothy please email it to osa@scarboroughcollege.co.uk, please make the subject of the email Miss Berry or send by post your message/card addressed to : OSA (Miss Berry), Scarborough College, Filey Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3BA. We shall ensure that she gets the messages and cards.