Sunday 15 September 2019

Brave student who lost leg in Alton Towers crash makes catwalk debut

Vicky Balch making her catwalk debut Credit: @katiecrane_ (Twitter)
Vicky Balch making her catwalk debut Credit: @katiecrane_ (Twitter)

David Kearns

A student model who lost a leg in an Alton Towers roller coaster crash has made her catwalk debut.

Vicky Balch (18), who was in the front row of 'The Smiler' ride when it careened into another carriage in June, strode up and down the green carpet in Shepherds Bush London Saturday.   

Walking with the aid of sparkling gold crutches, she sported two different outfits at the show, which was organised by Models of Diversity, a group that campaigns for more diversity in the fashion industry.

She was greeted with cheers and whoops as she made her way down the catwalk smiling.      

She was joined on the catwalk by former TV presenter and Celebrity Big Brother star Gail Porter and her daughter Honey, and Gogglebox star Sandy Channer

Student Vicky was seriously injured alongside Leah Washington, Joe Pugh, Daniel Thorpe and Chanda Singh in the crash and has since spoken publicly about her life-changing injuries in a bid to inspire others.

Following the accident, Balch said she feared she would never be able to walk again. 

She underwent six rounds of surgery in an attempt to save her leg, but an infection meant she had to have it amputated below the knee.

Last week, she condemned the decision by Alton Towers bosses to re-open ‘The Smiler’ ride because they are losing money.

She said she felt “upset and insulted”.

“This has happened to me on their ride so why would they want to reopen it so quickly? It has changed my future’ she added.

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