Pinderfields Hospital’s Dr Kate Granger wins Yorkshire Woman of Achievement award

Dr Kate Granger, overall winner of Women of Achievement Awards
Dr Kate Granger, overall winner of Women of Achievement Awards

A terminally-ill doctor, who plans to tweet live from her deathbed, has been recognised for her inspirational work.

Dr Kate Granger, of East Ardsley, was crowned the overall winner during the 2013 Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards on Friday.

She received the main award in front of 600 guests at the Royal Armouries, in Leeds, after picking up 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 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.

Before the awards Dr Granger said: “I struggle with the term courageous as I am just getting on with it.”

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 vowed to live tweet her experience of dying and says she wants to approach death with good spirit.

She is also fundraising for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital, in Leeds, and has already raised more than £50,000 with help from her husband Chris.

The awards, now in their 27th year, are held annually to recognise the unique talents, work and dedication of women from across the county.

Wakefield and Sharlston parish councillor June Cliffe had been short-listed for the Woman of Achievement in Education category.

And Jo Haigh, a senior partner at FDS Group, based on Westgate, was nominated for the Woman of Achievement in Business award.