A YEAR after suffering a brain injury that left a Vale teenager unable to walk and struggling to speak she has rebuilt her life and even managed to raise thousands of pounds for charity along the way.

In March last year Jasmine George was thrown from her horse after it was spooked by a car on the roads around Mickleton.

Since then the now 18-year-old from Elmley Castle has had to learn basic skills and take a break from everyday life.

But not one to rest on her laurels Miss George recruited friends and family and set about creating a naked calendar for which she took all the photos.

The calendar made £2,050 all of which has been donated to brain injury charity Headway.

Now Miss George wants to thank everyone who has helped her with the long journey to recovery.

"Last March I suffered a serious brain injury and as part of my rehabilitation me and my friends made a charity calendar and raised money for Headway," said Miss George, who was just 17 at the time on the accident and attending Prince Henry's High School.

"It was March 29 when I was riding on my friends horse near Mickleton. A car went past about 70 mph and I woke up in hospital. I was thrown off and landed on my head.

"I had two bleeds on the brain so I have had to learn to walk again and my speech was a bit slurred."

But Miss George never let her injury get her down with everyone commenting that her smile was the one thing that she didn't lose.

"As I was at home I thought I should do something for the better. I decided to do the calendar and took all the photos for it.

"We received an anonymous sponsor so 100 percent of the profit has gone to Headway. This is a chance to say thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way.

"It's also an opportunity to remind drivers to be careful with horses on the road. The driver didn't even stop in my case.

"My life has been on stop for the whole year. I spent my 18th birthday in a leg splint. I can't work yet but I see my job as getting better. I have been accepted to university and now that is the light at the end of the tunnel for me."