Disabled Barking woman wins inspirational accolade
PUBLISHED: 17:11 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:34 23 June 2015
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An “inspirational” woman who has spent the last 12 years in a wheelchair said she was shocked to be chosen for a charity award.
Jacqui Adeniji-Williams picked up the Inspirational Role Model award at Whizz-Kidz 25th anniversary celebration on June 14.
The 24-year-old, of Ray Gardens, Barking, is involved in the disabled children’s charity Volunteers Take The Lead programme and her strong sense of commitment, inclusion, equality and fun won her the gong.
The modest go-getter said she was honoured to have scooped the prize after forgetting she was nominated when she attended the event.
“When they called my name I literally thought they said someone elses name and I was thinking ‘someone else here has my name’ I was looking around.
“I went up there still in shock and smiling. I couldn’t believe it.”
Jacqui has spinal muscular astrophy and sickle cell anaemia which is a motor-neuron disease and a blood disorder respectively.
But it doesn’t impede on her independence and the “freelance creative” teaches music, poetry and drama around the capital.
She has been with Whizz-Kidz for 16 years and says the chairs they provide her with have been life-changing.
“My brain sends a weak signal to my muscles – the older I get the weaker my muscles will get.
“They gave me a manual chair when I was six and it was purple and sparkley. It meant I could keep up with my friends and could fit at the classroom table.
“The first power chair I got meant I could be more independent and sociable at school.
“It sounds unimportant but I could go and get my own lunch. And now I work and can travel all around London if I want.”
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