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Christmas comes early for Jennifer

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas comes early for Jennifer thumbnailJennifer Smyth receives her ReWalk from Landmarc staff. Pictured, left to right, are Kevin Kneeshaw, Landmarc Regional Operations Manager for Scotland & Northern Ireland; Stephen Ruffle, ReWalk Robotics Sales Manager; Jennifer Smyth and Lee Martin, Landma

FOR local girl Jennifer Smyth, Christmas has come early, thanks to the generosity of Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc) in helping her towards her goal of walking again. Following a recent golf fundraising event, Landmarc has raised an incredible 60,000 to purchase a robotic exoskeleton from specialist company ReWalk Robotics (ReWalk), a life changing piece of equipment which will enable Jennifer, who is currently a wheelchair user, to regain her independence.
Jennifer is in her second year of a product design degree at Birmingham City University (BCU) but grew up in Eglinton, where at 16, she was a promising gymnast until a training accident left her, tragically, quadriplegic.
Since then, Jennifer has defied medical odds and through her community's fundraising efforts, known as Jennifer's Journey, has gone on to excel in her physical recovery and her academic achievements.
The ReWalk 6.0 has now been supplied to Jennifer in a small ceremony where Landmarc staff were able to see her walk, under the guidance of her ReWalk mentor, Stephen Ruffle, for the first time in over four years.
Jennifer, who would like to pursue a career designing mobility products for other people affected by injury, explains how the ReWalk will make such a difference to her life.

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