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Sarah celebrates remarkable achievement

Worcester Editorial 18th Sep, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

AN INSPIRATIONAL Worcester student who almost died after being involved in a horrific riding accident is celebrating a remarkable academic achievement.

Sarah Kemp was among 400 students to attend Worcester College of Technology’s graduation ceremony at Worcester Cathedral last Friday (September 13).

Her success comes almost 14 years after she fell off a horse while out riding which left her in a coma for two months and was unable to walk, write or even swallow.

The 35-year-old said she had to have pins and plates inserted into her skull which was left shattered, while the membranes around her brain were damaged.

But she was determined to defy the odds as she went on to graduate with a HNC in Science (Applied Chemistry) and Miss Kemp was looking forward to celebrating the moment with her family and friends.

“I used to get very tired very quickly especially doing computer research but it was a push in the right direction,” she said.

“It was a learning curve to prove to myself that I could do something and that I’ve still got some sort of ability to learn.

“I’ve had an amazing day today. The sheer hard work has definitely all been worth it – it’s been a long journey.

“I’m not sure what the future holds for me yet, but I’m going to enjoy having a bit of time off and celebrating my achievements with my family and friends. I’ve had a great time studying at the college, the tutors have been really supportive and I have made some lifelong friends.”

Dr Liz Killick, curriculum manager for higher education at Worcester College of Technology, said Miss Kemp’s story was an inspiration to other students.

“Sarah has worked incredibly hard over the last two years,” Dr Killick added. “Her positive approach and her determination to succeed has been an inspiration to all around her. The chemistry staff are incredibly proud of Sarah’s achievement and wish her the very best for the future.”

Other notable achievements saw law graduates Alice Pirrie, Rebecca Mecca Mainwaring, Richard Carter and Annette Heaney handed special awards by local law firms in recognition of their hard work.

The ceremony also saw guest speaker Duncan Sharkey, managing director at Worcester City Council, give an inspiring speech about his own career journey and the importance of personal, social and academic development in achieving success.

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