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Last Updated: Monday, 29 May 2006, 00:39 GMT 01:39 UK
Girl beats odds to be star Guide
Tess Goddard in BBC Inverness studio
Tess Goddard spoke about her award in an interview with the BBC
A schoolgirl has become the first in the Highlands to be honoured with a prized Guiding award.

Tess Goddard has a rare genetic condition and has spent long periods in hospitals in Edinburgh and London.

The 12-year-old, from Laggan, has been recognised with the Star of Merit award for the courage and commitment she has made to the Guiding Association.

Tess is delighted with the accolade and said fellow Guides kept her spirits up with letters and phone calls.

She said: "I am quite proud. I was in hospital quite a lot and I showed great fortitude.

"I have had about 12 operations. I have had most of them in Edinburgh Sick Kids and I have had the last three in Great Ormond Street in London."

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