Day of glory for 2013 Yorkshire Women of Achievement award winners

Dr Kate Granger.

Dr Kate Granger.

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It was a day of emotion as the inspirational winners were announced at the 2013 Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards. Jayne Dawson reports.

A terminally-ill young doctor who has vowed to live tweet from her own deathbed was chosen as the Yorkshire Woman of Achievement at a ceremony in Leeds.

Dr Kate Granger received the award in front of 600 guests at the Royal Armouries. She also received the Woman of Courage award.

The 31-year-old has a rare form of cancer, but is still working as a registrar in elderly medicine at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and wants to help others understand the process of death.

She has published two books revealing how it feels to go from doctor to patient, and how it feels to be terminally ill.

Her cancer affects only one in two million people and is called desmoplastic small round cell tumour, or DSRCT. On average, the survival time is just 14 months.

Dr Granger has announced her decision to live tweet her experience of dying and says she wants to approach death with good spirit.

She has tweeted: “My main motivation for sharing my experiences is to open up dialogue about dying. I guess the whole point is – it really is OK to laugh about death and dying.

“I live my life with a smile on my face and I fully intend to die in good humour too.

“I think it will be really educational for doctors and I think it’s beneficial to share the experience.”

Dr Granger and her husband Chris are also fund-raising for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital in Leeds and has already raised more than £50,000.

The Women of Achievement awards, now in their 27th year, are held annually to raise money for Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley, Leeds, and this year are expected to achieve £50,000.

Every year, the ceremony recognises the unique talents, work and dedication of women from across the county.

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