Inspirational youngster chosen to be part of the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
PUBLISHED: 16:03 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 13 April 2018
An inspirational 12-year-old amputee has been chosen to be part of the Royal wedding.
Jorja Furze, from Ely, is an amputee from birth and ambassador for the Steel Bones charity based in Isleham.
The youngster, who won the Child of Achievement award at the Ely Hero Awards 2017, will be among 2,640 people in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19 for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Royal couple previously announced that they wanted their wedding day to be ‘shaped to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations’.
They asked Lord Lieutenants across the country to invite 1,200 people to join the celebrations, including young people who have shown strong leadership and those who have served their communities.
Jorja has not only helped with the set up of Steel Bones, but also started an anxiety group for Year 7’s to help new students adjust to life at high school.
She did this while recovering from two major operations over the past two years.
When Jorja won her Ely Hero award, she said: “I really don’t understand why I received this, I’m just me.”
At the ceremony held at The Maltings last June, judges commented: “Jorja is probably unaware of the huge and special impact she has on everyone around her.”
Jorja will also be one of the amputees from Isleham who will set off on an amazing challenge in a bid to become one of the first amputee groups to climb Mount Snowdon on Wednesday, May 30.
Kensington Palace said the lucky members of the public chosen to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom and their guests at St George’s Chapel, would also see the newlyweds start their carriage procession through Windsor.
The palace said in a statement: “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too.
“This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom.”