Haywards Heath hairdresser who hurt knee denied club entry

Michelle Grayson has been banned from The United Services club. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150117-121307001
Michelle Grayson has been banned from The United Services club. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150117-121307001

A hairdresser who won damages after dislocating her knee in a private club has since been denied entry.

Michelle Grayson, from Haywards Heath said she had her wedding reception and birthdays at the United Services Club in Wivelsfield Road – but has now been told she is ‘banned’.

“We were watching a band in there – my husband was a member – and I was dancing but someone had spilt a drink on the dance floor and I fell and dislocated my knee,” she told the Middy.

“This is an injury I have had for many years but it only ever dislocates under extreme pressure. Leading up to this dislocation I had had seven years free from problems and have power walked many marathons for charity so my knee was stronger than it had ever been at that time.

“I spent until 4am at hospital and had six months of recovery.”

Michelle won damages against the club.

She said: “This was not something I wanted to do in view of the fact we went to the club regularly, but I am a self employed hairdresser with a mortgage and had no earnings for a period of time due to this accident.”

Michelle said she was still going to the club while the claim was processing, but in October last year she was asked to leave ‘without an explanation why’.

She described the situation as ‘humiliating’ and said it had taken three years from the accident for the club to ask her to leave.

“The cast on my leg now is as a result of it never healing properly following my accident. I think others should be warned about this.”

A letter from the club read: “Haywards Heath United Services Club is a private members club and is entitled to choose whom to accept as members. You are not and have never been a member. In view of your claim against the club, we do not wish to offer you the use of the facilities in the club.”

When the Middy contacted a spokesperson for the club they said Michelle has never applied for membership.