A woman has thanked hospital staff for the “amazing support” she received after a car crash which killed her dad.

Bethany Lee, from Radcliffe, broke both her femurs and had extensive internal injuries when the car she was in was hit from behind by a van in 2018.

Bethany’s father, Peter Lee, a long-time club photographer for Radcliffe FC died in the crash, while Bethany endured months of hospital treatment and surgeries – even spending Christmas and her 21st birthday in hospital.

Staff at Manchester Royal Infirmary, who helped Bethany recover and learn to walk again, have inspired her to raise funds to thank them for their support with a sponsored walked around Heaton Park.

Bethany and her sister Jasmine will be taking part in Manchester Foundation Trust Charity’s Lantern Walk – a fundraising walk around Heaton Park taking place on Saturday, November 11.

Bury Times: Bethany and Jasmine Lee with their dad, PeterBethany and Jasmine Lee with their dad, Peter (Image: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)

Participants can choose to fundraise for any of the 10 hospitals, clinical services, and care organisations in the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust family – including Manchester Royal Infirmary.

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She said: “I am just so grateful to everyone at Manchester Royal Infirmary for the amazing support they gave me.

I was an inpatient for three months and was in both the intensive care unit and the emergency surgical trauma unit.

“I can’t thank the staff enough for how much they helped and supported me.

"It was little things like regular chats, listening to me when I was down, and taking me off the ward in my wheelchair – it was little stuff but it greatly assisted me in my recovery.

The days in and out of theatre were tough but were made better by the staff. The staff always pushed me to do my best.

Bury Times: Jasmine and Bethany Lee in ManchesterJasmine and Bethany Lee in Manchester (Image: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)

“I dreaded physiotherapy but they helped me to walk again and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.”

Bethany was the most seriously injured in the crash and spent December 2018 to February 2019 in Manchester Royal Infirmary. At first, she was completely bed-bound and needed staff and her mum to help her with everything.

Bethany, who is now 25, said: “I broke both my femurs and basically everything inside me ruptured – so I had really long surgeries and lots of them.

"I was always in and out of theatre while they were trying to fix everything.

“I was bed-ridden and couldn’t even sit up on my own – I had to use the bed control to move up and down. I couldn’t do anything for myself.

"I was 20-years-old at the time so that was quite hard.

Bury Times: Lorraine Richardson, Bethany Lee, Jasmine Lee and Peter LeeLorraine Richardson, Bethany Lee, Jasmine Lee and Peter Lee (Image: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)

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“I’d never been in hospital in my life, so to then suddenly have three months there with other people doing everything for me was quite a shock.”

Bethany also changed careers after realising she wanted to work for the NHS after the crash, and is now part of the administration team for community midwives.

Bethany and sister Jasmine will join hundreds of other people at this year’s Lantern Walk at Heaton Park.

Participants will choose from a 2.5km or 5km route and receive a lantern to carry round the park.

As dusk sets in the park will darken, and the lanterns will be twinkling as walkers cross the finish line and collect their medals.

Bury Times: Bethany Lee enjoying the footballBethany Lee enjoying the football (Image: Manchester NHS Foundation Trust)


Entry is £5 and everyone taking part can choose which hospital, clinical service or care organisation they want to fundraise for in the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity family.

The charity’s senior events manager Viv Williamson said: “We’re so proud to be bringing Lantern Walk back for the seventh time this year.

“People like Bethany really do show why people get involved in events like this – they’re so grateful to our amazing medical teams who do so much to help people in times of crisis.

Bury Times: Bethany Lee and her dad Peter LeeBethany Lee and her dad Peter Lee (Image: Manchester University NHS FT)

“We know times are financially tough for a lot of families now but we think this event is a real bargain – an afternoon of entertainment for just £5, which includes a medal and a lantern as well as entertainment. I’d encourage people to sign up now – we can’t wait to see you there.”

This year’s event is kindly sponsored by bedding company Happy Linen Company.

Rhiannon Haggar, senior content and community coordinator, said: “We’re so pleased to be sponsoring this event again and Bethany’s story really goes to show what an excellent cause we’re supporting.

“Our wonderful NHS hospitals achieve incredible things on a daily basis. We feel honoured to be supporting this work in partnership with Manchester Foundation Trust Charity.”

If you’d like to sponsor Bethany and Jasmine visit their JustGiving Page To sign up to Lantern Walk visit www.mftcharity.org.uk/events