A SCHOOLGIRL has urged her friends to wear helmets when cycling after falling off her bicycle.
Maisy Vincent, a pupil at Sithney School, received a number of injuries, resulting in an overnight hospital stay.
Her mum Vicky is convinced Maisy's injuries could have been much more serious had she not been wearing a helmet.
Now she and her daughter aim to get the message across to as many people as possible.
Maisy, 10, who is still recovering from her injuries, went back to school on Friday to talk to her friends, some of whom witnessed her accident.
It happened when she had to brake hard and she "flipped over the handlebars" of her bike, said Mrs Vincent.
"She had no idea what happened. She ended up in hospital. She sprained her wrists badly and hurt her neck."
Maisy was also suffering moments of memory loss.
Mrs Vincent added: "It might have been much worse, if not fatal, if it hadn't been for the helmet."
Maisy said: "I am feeling OK now. I want to get the message across that it is important to wear a helmet."
She added that she was hoping to return to school after half-term.
Mrs Vincent said Maisy often rode to and from school from her home, which was about 500 yards away.
"Riding on the pavement, it is really safe, and a really lovely journey.
"It was just one of those things but it hasn't put her off cycling."