A policewoman who was paralysed in a motorcycle accident in 2013 has been selected as the fourth recipient of the Seven Families campaign.
Nikki Thornley, a former officer in the Scottish police force based in Aberdeenshire, suffered the injury two years ago whilst travelling around Europe on motorcycles with her husband.
Since the accident, Thornley has had to leave her job and has spent almost a year in rehabilitation.
As part of the Seven Families campaign, Thornley will receive a tax-free income of £1,000 per month for a year, as well as advice to help with her home life and her rehabilitation, with a view to returning to work in a part-time capacity in the future.
Thornley says: “After talking it through with the charity and my employer I’m hoping the Seven Families campaign will help me face up to many of my fears and concerns. Any monies will help give me the time and space to be as best as I can before I return to work, and will also benefit my home life as well.”
The campaign was launched jointly last year by the Income Protection Task Force and Disability Rights UK, with 20 protection providers contributing to the scheme.
Disability Rights UK chief executive Liz Sayce says: “We want to test the difference it can make to get fast, effective support when you unexpectedly become disabled or develop a serious health condition, so you can get your life on track.
“Our campaign is for improved social security and independent living rights, for everyone – not the two-tier system we have at present.”