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Jemma Collins is one of the many extraordinary people we support. Despite being born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (a muscle wasting disease), she is fulfilling her dream by inspiring others in the classroom teaching Maths to secondary school students in Essex.

Jemma explains, “I explain my condition to every class I meet and let them ask me any questions; I try to be as open as I can. In turn the pupils respect me and recognise that being disabled doesn’t make you incapable – just because your legs stop working doesn’t mean your brain does too!

“Jurgita helps me professionally with the physical classroom preparation and then supports me with my care needs and social life at home. We get on extremely well together, a pretty unbeatable team”

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My students respect me and recognise that being disabled doesn’t make you incapable – just because your legs stop working doesn’t mean your brain does too!

Jemma Collins

Her Mum adds “I cannot stress how important Jurgita is to Jemma – nursing-led live-in support is essential for Jemma’s independence, safety and well-being.  And as her mum, it gives me total peace of mind.”

Jemma’s story was published by The Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (the only national charity in the UK dedicated both to supporting people affected by SMA, and investing in essential research into causes, treatments and eventually a cure for the condition) back in 2000, when she was just 16.


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