Hanifa Rashid was shortlisted for the Overcoming Life Obstacles YAYA Award, which was sponsored by University of Bradford. The YAYA Awards ceremony took place online in November 2020. Unfortunately the live event which was due to be held in April 2020, couldn't take place due to Covid. Hanifa, who is from Bradford was keen to come to QED to collect her award. Adeeba Malik CBE, Deputy Chief Executive of QED presented her with it. 

Hanifa said she was shocked and delighted to be receiving this. Adeeba told her she was a great role model and clearly demonstrated that despite the barriers that Hanifa faces, she has done extremely well and should be proud of her achievement. 

Despite living with Fuhrman’s Syndrome, Hanifa, 29, loves life and makes the most of it! She works, drives an adapted car and travels by wheelchair. She went to a school for children with mental impairments so had years catching up at secondary school. She graduated from Bradford University with a 2.1 in Criminology. She raises money for refugees and homeless causes.

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