Care Student Jayde Is A Real Inspiration

Wed, 2001-03-14 00:00

A healthcare student has been singled out for praise at a recent awards ceremony after making a real impression on her college lecturers.

Jayde Kirkup, who is 16 and from Peterlee, joined East Durham College in September and has blown away her lecturers with the quality of her work and dedication to her studies.

She started on the demanding BTEC Level 3 in Health & Social Care after completing her GSCEs at The Academy at Shotton Hall.

Jayde’s effort and commitment have been all the more remarkable as she has Cerebral Palsy.

Her lecturer Julie Knowles, said: “Jayde has an amazingly positive outlook which works in her favour, as does her passion and enthusiasm for her course.

“Jayde works really well in group activities. She is a sociable, kind, hardworking young person who does everything in her power to not let her disability be a barrier to what she wants to achieve.

“She is an inspirational person who is a pleasure to teach and very deserving of this award.”

Jayde, who is determined to forge a career as a occupational therapist or physiotherapist, has had to overcome much in her life including a number of operations to help her walk and still has to undertake a rigorous physiotherapy routine alongside her studies.

“After speaking with a Connexions Advisor last year I knew exactly what career I wanted to pursue. As well as learning loads on my course I’m also doing a work placement with the College physios which I love. I’m really proud to get this award”, Jayde remarked.

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