11th July 2003



A mature graduate from the University of Lincoln in Hull is attributing her graduation success to a local hospice.


Hull resident Wendy Hine (43) has gained a first-class Social Work degree and has been awarded the Deans Prize for Distinguished Performance in Social Work by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.


Wendy has attributed her success not only to the course but also to the Dove House Hospice on Chamberlain Road where she did her final placement.


Im really amazed that I got a first but Im even more surprised about being awarded the Deans Prize, said Wendy.


I have to thank the hospice and say that they have been a major contributing factor to my success, said Wendy. I feel very privileged to have spent my placement with such an excellent team.


Wendys success has come despite being restricted by her own disability - Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome - a hereditary condition characterized by a slowly progressive degeneration of the muscles.


Im not wheelchair bound but I do have a problem walking and have just been fitted with callipers, said Wendy. Ive had tremendous support from my husband Dominic and my two children Craig and Kelly. I couldnt have done it without them.


The decision to take up the Social Work degree came after Wendys children had left home and her husband was away with the army.


I was bored, said Wendy. Id done some teaching before but wanted to try something completely different. I fancied nursing but my disability limits what Im able to do.


My friend suggested a Social Work course which I thought was ridiculous idea but the idea gradually grew on me. Now Im really pleased I did the course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and made some wonderful friends.


Wendy will be graduating with her colleagues from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Hull City Hall on Wednesday 23rd July at 2.30pm.


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