MP’s wife Sally Bercow has vowed to put her new wheelchair-bound status to a positive use by testing out the disabled access in Buckingham.
The plucky mum spoke exclusively to us this week following her horrific skiing accident in the Austrian Alps.
“It was pretty horrible. I shattered my leg in nine places and needed surgery and bits of metal to put it all together,” she said.
“I have a brace on it and I can’t move it. The doctors have told me I will be in a wheelchair for 12 weeks, which is a daunting prospect.”
But Sally, who is 45, is determined to put her injury to good use.
“I like to be positive and I’m treating this as an insight into the challenges that disabled people face. So for it’s been a real eye-opener - everything is so much more of a struggle. Even negotiating the airport in a wheelchair was a nightmare.”
She has promised to visit Buckingham frequently during her husband’s election campaign and is already looking forward to visiting local venues.
“I’ll be there to support John and I know there are some great wheelchair friendly pubs, shops and restaurants in Buckingham so I’ll be putting them to the test! I refuse to let a wheelchair cramp my style.
“But if I find anything lacking, or difficult for wheelchair users, then I will campaign for it to be put right. It’s the least I can do.”
Sally was skiing at the resort of Lienz with her children Oliver, 11, Freddie, nine and six-year-old Jemima folowwing her appearance on Channel 4’s winter sports programme The Jump.
After the accident she had to be winched off the mountain by a helicopter rescue team and spent several days in an Austrain hospital.
She shattered her shin bone and her fibula was sheared off.
“The doctors and staff there were fantastic and they did a brilliant job of putting my leg back together,” she said.
This week Sally is back at her Speakers House home, where she admits she is feeling “frustratingly housebound”.
“I’m looking forward to getting out and about again. I’m ok, I really am, “ she said.
And disability access has never been far from MP Mr Bercow’s mind.
As part of hs constituency work he has supported Buckingham’s Aspire House, a specialist accessible home for people living with spinal chord injuries.