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Hartsdown Academy pupil Holly gets top grades after devastating house fire

Cerebral palsey sufferer Holly Brooks, from Hartsdown Academy in Margate, is heading to Canterbury Christ Church University after achieving a double distinction in child care and health and social care, just weeks after a fire wrecked her family home.

Holly, 18, lost her independence when her specially designed £7,000 electric wheelchair perished in the blaze in her family home in July, but friends, family and staff and students have raised funds and donated clothes and other items for the family.

An anonymous donor gave £5,000 towards a new wheelchair and it is due for delivery in the coming days.

Holly said: “It has been a tough time but the support we have received has been outstanding and overwhelming. I shall miss Hartsdown but I am looking forward to the next stage of my education.”

She will now go on to complete a degree in early childhood studies at Canterbury with her ambition of one day becoming a social worker.

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