Inspirational racing driver supported by local NHS
21 December 2018

Inspirational racing driver supported by local NHS

NHS clinicians were part of the rehabilitation team that has helped a racing driver recover from a devastating crash.

Physiotherapist, Georgina Horler, accompanied F3 racing driver, Billy Monger, to collect the Helen Rollason award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards this week.

Having been in the driver’s seat since the tender age of 6, Billy knows his way around a race car. However, in April 2017 during a Formula 4 race at Donnington Park, Billy had a serious accident on the track, losing both his legs as a result.

Less than a year later, following lots of hard work and determination, Billy was back in the driver’s seat and more determined than ever to reach his goal.

The award recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity and was introduced to the show in 1999 in memory of BBC Sport journalist and presenter Helen Rollason, who lost her battle with cancer during that year at the age of 43.

Georgina Horler, who works at Horsham Physiotherapy Outpatient Department, has worked closely with Billy throughout his recovery.

Georgina said: "Billy is such an inspirational person and I feel very privileged that I was able to work with him throughout his rehabilitation. From the first session Billy’s determination, motivation and positive attitude shown through.”

“He came to every physiotherapy session with a smile on his face and worked extremely hard. We are fortunate that our Physiotherapy departments at Horsham and Crawley Hospitals allowed us to facilitate every stage of his pre and post prosthetic rehab.”

“Billy truly deserves the Helen Rollason Award and I am very grateful and feel very honoured that I was able to stand on stage to witness him receiving the award. I look forward to watching him continue chasing his dream of F1 and I have no doubt that he will have every success he deserves in the future.”

Billy Monger (Left) with lead physiotherapist Georgina Horler (right)

Driven: The Billy Monger Story

Billy’s journey has been documented in a touching documentary created by BBC 3 which features Sussex Rehabilitation Centre and colleagues from the MSK partnership.

The film tracks the young race driver’s journey to recovery, his adjustment to walking on prosthetics and most importantly, his fight to get back in the driver’s seat.

Rod Harrison, Senior Prosthetist at Sussex Rehabilitation Centre worked alongside Billy during his recovery and appeared in the documentary.

Rod said: "Through his own effort and hard work, along with the skill and experience of the team at the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre, Billy has gone from the pits to the fast lane!"



Watch the documentary on BBC IPlayer here (available until March 2018).