A SCHOOLGIRL who nearly died after falling from a tree last year has presented a cheque for £500 to the hospital that helped save her life.
Vanessa Milek, of Westwood Street, Accrington, spent nearly two months in Pendlebury Children's Hospital, Manchester, after falling while collecting conkers in Milnshaw Park last September.
She suffered head injuries, a broken wrist and damage to her kidney, spleen and pancreas.
Doctors feared the worst, but she went on to make an amazing recovery.
The 14-year-old, a pupil at St Christopher's High School, and her mum Angela presented the cheque to nurses at the ward last Thursday.
The money was part of £2,000 raised to send Vanessa and her mum on a holiday by their former next-door neighbour Colin Feeley and regulars at the Hargreaves Arms pub, Accrington.
Angela said: "Vanessa is very brave and a very strong person. When it happened she got hundreds of cards from people wishing her well.
"We went on a nice holiday with some of the money and Vanessa said she wanted to give the rest to the ward, so we went over to give it a cheque.
"She is still not fully recovered and needs an operation on her arm, but overall she is doing well. Everyone is really proud of her."
Last month Vanessa also visited her father Michele in Italy, where she also met her half-brother Cesare and half-sister Monica.
Angela said: "She had not seen her dad since she was a baby and he came to visit her when she was in hospital. It was nice for her to see him again.
"Vanessa has a lot going on in her life at the moment and we would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive, particularly Colin Feeley and the people who helped raise the money."