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Hannah Cockroft to receive honorary doctorate

Hannah Cockroft Credit: Press Association

Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft from Halifax is among eight people who are to be given honorary degrees by the University of Bradford later this month. She will receive a doctorate for athletic achievements.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Brian Cantor, said;

“The University of Bradford’s eight honorary graduates represent some of the very best practice in their chosen fields. They are true inspirations, not only for their work, but for their contributions to society as a whole.

"I am honoured to welcome them to the University of Bradford and hope their accomplishments inspire our graduates to strive for greatness too.”

Hannah inspires young cancer patients

Double gold medal winning paralympian Hannah Cockroft, from Halifax, has been offering a little inspiration to young cancer patients.

She met children at St James Hospital in Leeds on their first ever "End of Treatment Day." The party organised by charity CLIC Sargent, is a reward for youngsters who have bravely fought their illness and are now looking to their future.

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Video: Hannah Cockroft receives another honour

Double paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft has been made a freewoman of the borough of Calderdale. Hannah, who won 2 gold medals in the 100 and 200 metres wheelchair sprint in London, was awarded this latest honour at Halifax Town hall this morning.

Friends and family were there to see Hannah sign the honorary freedom roll of honour, be presented with the freedom scroll and unveil her name on the freedom plaque.

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Hannah Cockcroft to be made Honorary Freewoman of Calderdale

Hannah Cockroft

Double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft is to be made an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale at a ceremony in Halifax Town Hall on Saturday.

The Halifax athlete, who has cerebral palsy, stormed to victory in the London 2012 Paralympic Games after winning gold medals in the T34 100m and 200m and breaking Paralympic records in both. In May 2012 Hannah became the first person to set a world record in the Olympic Stadium in the 100m.

She also carried the Olympic Torch through Brighouse. After her Paralympic triumph, Hannah was welcomed back to Calderdale by hundreds of people at a homecoming event at the Piece Hall in Halifax.

Hannah says: “It’s a huge honour for me to become a Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale. I'm very proud to be from Yorkshire and to live in Halifax, surrounded by the townspeople, who have helped me so much in the past four years to achieve my ultimate dream."

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