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Endurance award for brave girl

PUBLISHED: 03:11 06 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

NOTHING stands in the way of Rebecca Jackaman.

Aged just eight, her determination shined through as she accepted the Girls' Brigade's rare Endurance Award.

NOTHING stands in the way of Rebecca Jackaman.

Aged just eight, her determination shined through as she accepted the Girls' Brigade's rare Endurance Award.

She has cerebral palsy, as a result of being born 12 weeks prematurely, and is dependent on her wheelchair to get around.

But that doesn't stop her attending the 13th Ipswich Girls Brigade, which meets at Castle Hill URC Church, or doing any of their activities.

Brigade captain Fiona Ward praised Rebecca's determination and said she was a worthy recipent of the rare award, which was presented at a national level.

Mrs Ward said: "She joins in everything – even when we do running events she takes part with someone running alongside her, and when we have discos she dances in her wheelchair.

"She also comes on our weekend camp when we stay in the church hall."

She added: "Rebecca has physiotherapy and can walk short distances with the help of a frame, and she does keep very cheerful.

"She never moans about her condition at all."

Rebecca, who attends Castle Hill Junior School, has been a member of the brigade for two years.


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