'Charity helped me now I'm helping it'

PUBLISHED: 13:31 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

Jade Bracey

Jade Bracey

A GIRL who was told she might never walk or talk again is now a campaigner for the charity that helped rebuild her life. Jade Bracey from WGC was hit by a car in 2001 as she went out to celebrate her 15th birthday. She had fractured her skull and badly in

Jade Bracey with John Dunford, MD of Bourne Leisure, Angie Turner of The Children’s Trust and a framed thank-you message from some of the children

A GIRL who was told she might never walk or talk again is now a campaigner for the charity that helped rebuild her life.

Jade Bracey from WGC was hit by a car in 2001 as she went out to celebrate her 15th birthday.

She had fractured her skull and badly injured her brain, spending most of that August in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A month later she was offered a place at The Children's Trust for rehabilitation - the same charity she now holds fundraising events for and promotes.

Jade, now 21, told the WHT: "As I was rushed to Great Ormond Street, my parents were told I may die on the way.

"I had five hours of brain surgery and part of my right frontal lobe removed, and spent my birthday in a coma."

She added: "The doctors told my parents that there was a high probability that I would never be able to walk or talk again.

"I don't remember anything of this day or the months before - everything is a black hole after that too."

But she pulled through and was offered a place at The Children's Trust in Tadworth, where for three months therapy helped her learn to walk, talk and regain her confidence.

She was eventually integrated back into school at Monk's Walk, which brought new challenges as she was forced to drop some GCSEs and her old friends didn't recognise her much-changed personality.

Jade, now studying for a BA in educational studies at the University of Hertfordshire, said: "The trust helped me, my parents and friends, and eventually I have adapted.

"I am a new Jade.

"I know it would have been a very different story without The Children's Trust."

As a campaigner for the trust, she went to collect a £65,000 cheque raised by Haven Holidays for the charity in Hemel Hempstead last week.

She also has many fundraising plans for 2008 to 2009.

To find out more and sponsor her go to www.justgiving. com/jadebracey

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