May 5 2012 By Rick Fulton
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BRAVE Lorraine Kelly is slowly getting over her horror horse fall, but admits shes glad it happened to her in her 50s rather than when she was a younger woman.
Back in February the 52-year-old breakfast telly queen was having only her second horse riding lesson when she tried a jump, fell off and was trampled.
She suffered a deep wound to her right thigh just an inch away from her hip bone and lost three pints of blood. since then shes had to use a walking stick and admits shes still in a lot of pain.
But Lorraine, who has a 17-year-old daughter called Rosie, revealed that it could have been a lot worse.
She said: Ive got a really, really bad scar but Im quite glad that Im my age and Im not 18 because I think I could have been upset by that. Im still in pain and discomfort, but Im getting better.
Lorraine had been asked by former Prime Minister Gordon Browns wife Sarah to take part in a one-day modern pentathlon fencing, swimming, riding, running and shooting to raise money for the PiggyBankKids charity.
In January Lorraine took her first horse riding lesson and things started off well, despite her tweeting about a sore bottom, as both she and Sarah got their horses to canter.
Perhaps geed-up by the success of the first session, disaster struck in the second lesson at Chessington Equestrian Centre.
Lorraine said: I was in such shock I didnt feel any pain. it could have been far more serious.
An inch either way and I could have broken a bone or smashed my pelvis.
She was taken nine miles to St Georges Hospital in Tooting, South London, and spent a week in hospital where she was given morphine and tramadol.
The presenter hasnt had plastic surgery on the scar, as its high up on her thigh and easily hidden by clothes, and she is hopeful it will heal naturally.
Its too early to tell if I will need surgery on the scar. the doctor did say it would take until Christmas for the nerves in my leg to heal.
Nearly three months on, Lorraine claims shes doing fine and has been doing without her stick.
Shes been getting Jenny, her physio in Dundee, and her friend Jane to help with massage, stretching and gentle Pilates to speed up her recovery.
Lorraines husband Steven, 52, and her daughter, who were at the family home in Dundees Broughty Ferry, when the accident happened, have been her main source of support and just seven weeks after the fall, she returned to work.
Lorraine said: Im so much better than I was. Ive been very well taken care of.
My husband has been fantastic and my little girl and all my friends have been so brilliant. I had so many letters and cards from viewers and it really does help.
When youre feeling a bit low it really cheers you up and its been amazing.
Meanwhile, theres currently fevered speculation that ITV bosses want to dump breakfast TV flop Daybreak and replace it with a new-look show fronted by Lorraine.
But the star, who started at TV-am as an on-screen reporter in 1984 and helped launch GMTV in 1993, argued: Theres been a lot of speculation but Ive just been recovering from a serious accident for the past eight weeks and concentrating on getting better and presenting my Lorraine show.
The steel and tenacity that has kept her at the very top of television for 25 years is also apparent in her private life.
Lorraine has become something of an action girl. In 2011, when she completed a 100km sponsored trek across Kenyas scorching Kaisut Desert for Comic Relief, she lost a stone in weight and has never looked back.
The accident hasnt put paid to Lorraines action woman status for good, although it has curbed her charity fundraising efforts for this year something she is disappointed about.
She had been due to do next Saturdays Ladies Midnight Tiara Walk in Stirling and the annual MoonWalk night-time marathons where women strip to their bras and power walk around Edinburgh and London.
Lorraine said: its been frustrating not to be able to do the moonlight walk for Strathcarron Hospice, or the MoonWalk, and I was disappointed I couldnt take part in the Sport Relief mile.
But I wont rule out other fundraising challenges they just wont involve horses.
So she wont be getting back on the horse, as it were, then?
She said: they are beautiful animals but Ill leave riding to the experts.
Although she is keen to get back in shape, fans of Glasgow-born Lorraines show will have seen that, despite hobbling around on a walking stick, she is still taking pride in her appearance.
She laughed: I was wearing jogging bottoms up until April 16 because I just couldnt get anything else on.
But its amazing how quickly your body can heal, so I do feel better.
Im still in flat pumps and trainers right now, but will be back in my heels on the show soon and it will be fine as I am mostly just sitting down that will be a big step forward in my complete recovery.
This is just as well because this month its Lorraines High Street Fashion Awards 2012, revealing the best of British fashion.
She will be joined by Louise Redknapp, Lorraine style editor mark Heyes and look magazine editor Ali Hall.
The awards will launch on Tuesday. made up of six categories, including Best Department Store and Best Affordable Fashion, the top winning brands will each receive one of the coveted awards.
Lorraine viewers can vote for the brands they want to win from may 28.
And the awards will be held on the Lorraine show on Thursday, may 31.
It follows retail marketing consultant Mary Portass attempts to rejuvenate the high street.
Lorraine said: the high street is a fantastic British asset and we need to encourage more British designers, and to have more clothes manufactured right here, too.
I think, despite the double dip recession and the closure of some brands, generally the high street fashion stores are holding their own and I admire what Mary is doing.
However, despite her quarter of a century on television and all that implies for a woman, Lorraine hasnt always been comfortable with fashion and what to wear.
She said: Ive only recently become interested in fashion after being taken to London Fashion week by my top stylist pal mark Heyes, and seeing how much designers influence the high street, and how much money is generated for the economy by the fashion industry.
I also think Ive finally found my own personal style at the age of 52.
The whole mad Men look seems to suit me as I have boobs and a bottom.
Lorraines favourite outfit is a Vivienne Westwood Red label floral dress she bought years ago in a sale at Glasgows Cruise.
But its not the most shes spent on a piece of clothing. That was a very special dress.
She said: the most I have ever spent was s850 on my wedding dress in 1992.
Obviously I dont wear it but it is at the back of my wardrobe.
* the Lorraine High Street Fashion Awards launch on Tuesday during the show on STV.