Caring Sheffield student defies the odds to land dream degree

A Sheffield student has landed a place on his dream degree '“ despite being a carer for his mum and struggling with dyslexia.

Thursday, 18th August 2016, 2:56 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th August 2016, 4:29 pm
King Ecgbert School jump for joy as they celebrate on getting their A Level results. (l-r) Faisal Awadh achieved A*'s in Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry. Nohmaan Hussain achieved Distinction*'s in Sport Development, Sport Coaching and Sport Fitness and is going to University of Sheffield to study Nursing. Martina Correa achieved A*'s in Maths and Further Maths and A's in Physics and German and is going to the Imperial College London to study Mechanical Engineering. Chris Hulme is going to Nottingham University to study Veterinary. Tom Foord achieved A*'s in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is going to Oxford University to study Medicine. Picture: Andrew Roe

Chris Hulme, a pupil at King Ecgbert School, in Dore, has been accepted at Nottingham University to study to become a vet.

But it has not been an easy ride for the 18-year-old, who struggles to overcome his dyslexia.

And if that wasn’t enough, Chris is also a carer for his mum, who suffers from Chromes Disease and Osteoporosis – and he has three kidneys.

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Chris, who got two B grades and one C in A-level biology, chemistry and maths respectively, said he had to be very strict with his time in order to study hard enough for the exams.

He said: “It’s been difficult at times.

“The way I’ve managed is by being really disciplined and sticking to a rota.

“Whenever my mum was poorly I would look after her and then find time for my studies either at night or first thing in the morning.

Chris, who moonlights as a magician, said he was ‘delighted’ to land a place at Nottingham University.

He said: “I’m really excited to start my studies, it would be a dream job for me.”

Headteacher Lesley Bowes said: “I am proud of all of my students.

“But Chris really has defied the odds to achieve excellent success.

“He really is an inspiration to us all.”