A County Durham woman is holding a sponsored dog walk to support her niece after a harrowing kidnap by an ex-boyfriend left her paralysed.

Angel Lynn, now 22, was bundled into the back of a van after an argument and then fell from the vehicle at 60mph on the A6 in Leicestershire.

She was left unable to walk, talk or feed herself and requires 24-hour care but has been making progress since the incident three years ago.

The Northern Echo: Angel Lynn before the incident Angel Lynn before the incident (Image: Contributor)Angel’s aunt, Kim Fazakerley, from Annfield Plain, said: “Angel was able to stand for the first time in May and was doing really well.

“She could write, take small sips of drink, and is able to move parts of her body.

“She had also stood up with the help of her physiotherapists.     

“However, she has since suffered with several infections and been hospitalized and due to the number of weeks she’s been unable to do anything, she needs to start all over again.”          

The Northern Echo: Angel now requires 24-hour care Angel now requires 24-hour care (Image: Contributor)Chay Bowskill, from Syston, Leicestershire, was convicted of kidnapping Angel and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in a young offenders' institution.

The sentence was reviewed by the Court of Appeal following concerns it was too lenient and increased to 12 years.

He was also convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour towards Angel, and perverting the course of justice.

The Northern Echo: Chay BowskillChay Bowskill (Image: Contributor)Rocco Sansome, who was driving the van when Angel fell from it, was sentenced to 21 months in a young offender institution.

The dog walk is being held at Flint Hill Football Field, near Stanley, on Sunday December 3 from 10.30pm to raise money so Angel can be cared for at home in Loughborough when she is well enough.

Kim said: “Angel’s family want her home and have been raising funds towards adapting their home for her needs, including an accessible bedroom, carers room and outdoor space, and they hope to bring her home soon.

“There is still some work to be done and Kim wishes to take some of their financial burden from them as small or large as possible.

“Please support us at the walk, there will be raffle tickets, hot and cold drinks and cakes, all have been donated.”

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To donate to a Go Fund Me page click here and for the Support Angel’s Recovery Facebook page click here

People can text 0775 322 3965 for any other information about the dog walk.