Saturday, 06 February 2016

Cathy inspires her colleagues

DEDICATED: PCSO Cathy Hayes (front) has been nominated for the courage award in the Love Barrow awards 2011 by, from left, PCSO Helen Phifer, PC Eric McKinley, PCSO Tracy Livingston, PCSO Tina Sykes and PCSO Sam Thomas. JOE RILEY REF: 50014102B000

The Love Barrow Awards 2011 are supported by Vattenfall, developers of the Ormonde offshore wind farm off Barrow


A COMMUNITY bobby who fought back from life-threatening injuries caused by a horrific accident has been nominated for a Love Barrow Award.

Police Community Support Officer Cathy Hayes was visiting her sister in Leeds in February when disaster struck during a day out sledging.

PCSO Hayes’ sledge went out of control and smashed into a tree, leaving her with two neck and two back fractures, all the ribs broken down her left hand side, punctured lungs, a broken pelvis and back and a bleed on the brain.

She was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where she had emergency surgery and was unconscious for several days.

PCSO Hayes later had more surgery and spent 12 weeks in hospital.

PCSO Samantha Thomas, who visited her, said: “We were shocked to see her looking so poorly but it wasn’t long before she began to crack jokes and signs of the real Cathy began to reappear.”

Unable to walk on being released from hospital, PCSO Hayes began her recovery in a wheelchair.

By the end of June, she was managing to get around on crutches and by July she was walking unaided.

In August, PCSO Hayes returned to work at Barrow police station, taking up an office-based job.

PCSO Helen Phifer, another close friend, said: “I can honestly say that I never thought I would see the day that Cathy would come back to her job as a PCSO.

“But each week she continued to make such fantastic progress, impressing not only the doctors and nurses, but her friends and family.”

PCSO Hayes gradually built her hours back up until she was working full-time on restricted duties.

The dedicated bobby hopes she will be able to return to work as normal and get back on the beat some time in the new year.

Another close friend, PCSO Tina Sykes, said: “She has amazed us with how she has continued to recover at such a rapid speed.

“She has never moaned and never lost her sense of humour throughout her ordeal.”

PCSO Hayes said: “I put my recovery down to the medical staff, my friends and my family for helping me.”

PCSOs Sykes, Phifer and Thomas, as well as another friend and colleague, PCSO Tracy Livingston, have all nominated PCSO Hayes for the Courage Award in the Love Barrow Awards 2011, sponsored by Vattenfall, developers of the Ormonde offshore wind farm off Barrow.

PCSO Livingston said: “Her life was totally turned upside down and she came back fighting.”

PCSO Thomas added: “She is an inspiration to me and everyone else.”

l Nominations for the Love Barrow Awards 2011 are now closed.

Keep an eye on the Evening Mail to find out who makes the finals and how they get on at the awards ceremony in March.


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