Lorraine Kelly talks about her terrifying horse riding accident

by Lynn Connolly

As fans of Lorraine Kelly’s breakfast time TV slot will know, yesterday, Helen Fospero stood in for Lorraine as it was revealed the veteran presenter had had a horse riding accident.

And today, Lorraine, who also writes a column for the Sun, has told the paper what happened.

She said, “There was a lot of blood — I got a huge shock. It was only my second time on a horse and I was attempting a modest jump when I fell off.

“It was part of a fund-raising ‘gold challenge’ to raise money for charity by taking part in an Olympic sport.

“I was competing in the pentathlon, which includes horse jumping, against Sarah [Brown, the former Prime Minister’s wife] for her PiggyBankKids charity…

“As I landed on the ground, the horse trampled on me and stamped on my inner thigh.

“There was a lot of blood and a deep wound.”

Lorraine was raced by paramedics to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London.

She added, “The ambulance came really quickly. The trauma team at St George’s were brilliant.

“I was given a general anaesthetic and knocked out and the wound was cleaned and stitched in the theatre.

“Luckily no skin graft was needed. The staff here have been incredible. It’s the NHS at its finest.

“I did get a real shock, a real fright, but it was an accident and these things happen.”

Lorraine had been training at a riding school in Surrey for a pentathlon which was due to take place at the University of Bath today, but of course, Lorraine won’t now be competing.

Of that, she said, “I was so disappointed I couldn’t take part in the challenge as the charity is such a brilliant one.

“I will be in hospital until Thursday night at least. And then it will take a few weeks on crutches before I’m fighting fit.”

We all wish you a speedy recovery Lorraine!


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.