This is Jennifer Cameron, aged 11, from Inverness, when she was flowergirl at her sister's wedding a few months ago.
When she was 4 days old and in the SCBU, Jennifer became ill with Meningitis. She was an extremely ill baby weighing under 3lbs at the time. Against all odds she survived but, as a result, she was diagnosed as having Cerebral Palsy. Although she has limited speech and physical disabilities and is confined to a wheelchair, being unable to stand or walk unaided, Jennifer is a happy child, bright as a button and blessed with a great sense of humour.
In due course, Jennifer was assessed in the Birmingham David Hart Clinic Genesis Orthotics and found to be suitable for a walker. With thanks to the generous financial assistance from the Meningitis Association of Scotland, Jennifer came home with her walker just a week before Christmas. For the first time ever Jennifer could stand in front of the Christmas tree and touch the decorations. It made everyone's Christmas perfect that year and the family reported that it was such an unbelievable experience seeing her walk in the walker for the first time, as well as, seeing the delight in Jennifer s face at being able to walk.
The picture to the right shows a big, big day for Jennifer on her birthday last year, when her sister Dianne was married. Jennifer was flowergirl that day and she was able to walk down the aisle, behind the bride, with the two bridesmaids (one being her other sister Pamela). Jennifer was brilliant that day and having her little sister walking down the aisle behind her, made Dianne's and the whole family's day very special too!