Inspiring student awarded

Craig Hammond with his award. (h606b231
Craig Hammond with his award. (h606b231
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AN INSPIRATIONAL man who refused to be held back by a stammer has been recognised for his achievements.

Craig Hammond, of Woodlea, South Elmsall, said he discriminated against and left school without any qualifications due to a speech impediment so severe that he could not read his son a bedtime story.

Craig Hammond (Blaze) gets degree and award

Craig Hammond (Blaze) gets degree and award

But determined to make a better life for his family, he spent three years studying for a youth studies and community development degree and proudly graduated last Thursday, where he was chosen by Leeds Metropolitan University to receive the Adam Ayub award, which recognises inspirational qualities.

Mr Hammond, 39, said: “When I started the degree I was petrified but I wanted make something of myself and be a good role model to my son.

“So to have overcome that challenge and actually be seen as an inspiration is such a great honour.

“I think I have surprised a lot of people who didn’t think I could achieve this.”

With his new found confidence, Mr Hammond is now able to read his son a bedtime story and his goal is to be a public speaker to help inspire others to chase their dream.

He said: “I want to show people never to give up and to believe in who you are, and not what you think you should be.”

Mr Hammond runs the Blaze Foundation, based at Burntwood Community Centre, which runs free courses to help build confidence in young people.