In 2009, Jacqui fell down the stairs, breaking her neck and incurring a life-changing spinal cord injury. She was selected for a ground-braking operation which eventually meant she could walk again but she still suffers from numerous symptoms including chronic pain, fatigue and partial paralysis to her right side. Despite this she remains grateful that she had a second chance with her family.
Up until the accident, she was a hardworking Primary School Teacher, mother and wife. She wanted to be a good role mother to her children and make them proud of her. One of the hardest things to come to terms with is not being able to fulfil that dream. She also desperately misses the mental challenge her job gave her.
“I genuinely believe that my scholarship will give me the opportunity to make lifelong friends with like-minded people who have a range of disabilities and life challenges”