Dundee to Glasgow for Michael’s doc

Kerry Bell, Brian Bell and Kirsty Whittet
Kerry Bell, Brian Bell and Kirsty Whittet

The fiancee of a man seriously injured in a road collision has made the brave decision to revisit the site of the crash as part of a charity cycle this weekend.

Kerry Bell (31) is engaged to Michael Fernie, who was involved in a collision with a truck just outside Mercury Motors in Lower Largo in April.

Twenty-eight-year-old Michael was in a critical condition following the crash.

But, thanks to The Sandpiper Trust, a charity which provides doctors in rural locations with life-saving equipment to help in accidents, an off-duty doctor was able to attend the scene within minutes.

Kerry is adamant that, without his assistance, Michael would not have survived.

“Michael definitely would not still be here with us if it wasn’t for that doctor on the day.

“I can’t thank him enough.

“I also wanted to say a big thank you to all of the staff at Mercury Motors as well. They were totally immense.

“One of the staff members actually came and lay with Michael to keep him calm, which was amazing – I could never have done something like that.”

Michael spent a number of days in intensive care at Ninewells Hospital, and has just been back for a bone graft.

Kelly says all the staff there have been great, and the hospital will serve as the starting point of a three-day charity cycle, heading from Dundee down to the crash site, and then on to Celtic Park.

“Michael and I are season ticket holders and Michael is such a massive fan of the club, so I thought it would be nice to go to somewhere where he feels happy,” she added.

Kerry, who has two sons aged 15 and 11, will be completing the challenge with dad Brian and sister Kirsty, and along with a charity bag pack at Sainsbury’s on October 10, she hopes to raise at least £4000, which covers the cost of one kit provided by The Sandpiper Trust.

Four months on from the accident, Michael is now on the road to recovery.

Kerry said: “Michael is doing really well now. The first week was pretty intense, with him being in intensive care and things, but the doctors are really impressed by his progress.”

She added: “I didn’t know anything about the Trust before the accident but I’m hoping this will help to raise awareness. And I want to continue to raise money for them for years to come.”

For now, Kerry and Michael are both focused on organising their wedding, which is scheduled for April 2014.

“It’s nice to have something to look forward to,” said Kerry.

If you would like to sponsor Kerry and the rest of the fundraising group on their cycle, visit www.justgiving.com/Kerry-Isa-Bell.