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Honorary degree awarded to hospital board member from Harlow

Paralympian, Anne Wafula Strike MBE, who is an associate non-executive director on the board of PAHT, has received an honorary degree from the University of Essex in their summer graduations.

Anne, who has lived in Harlow since 2000, was awarded for her inspiring sporting career as a British Paralympic wheelchair racer and for her commitment as a charity ambassador and her hard work to promote sporting equality.

“I am humbled to have received such an amazing award and for the recognition of issues that are so close to my heart.

“I never thought I would be a Paralympian and I am proud of the opportunities I have had to share my passion for sport and sporting equality.”

Anne was welcomed to the PAHT board in 2021 and is a strong advocate for local people and a supporter of equality and diversity.

Hattie Llewelyn-Davies, chair of PAHT board, said: “I am delighted for Anne to have been recognised in this way and for the focus that this places on her achievements and community involvement.”

Barry Pryer, senior lecturer, the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences said: “Overcoming adversity, achieving so much, but, crucially, not stopping there; going further and continuing to fight with passion for equality - we believe these values are truly inspirational and we are proud to recognise and honour Anne’s achievements.”

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.