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MBE for Hallam's inspirational sports champion

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Issued:13/06/16

Sheffield Hallam University's inspirational sporting champion has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Danny Porter, the University's head of sports services. has been awarded an MBE for services to higher education and the charity sector after raising more than £100,000 for cancer and neuro-care.

At the age of 32, Danny was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his right cheekbone, known as Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) and underwent several major operations that resulted in the loss of his right eye, right cheekbone and nasal cavities.

Inspired by his treatment, he established the Danny Porter Foundation, a charity that seeks to support people living with cancer and/or requiring brain surgery.

Ten years later, Danny's cancer returned and the only possible solution was to undergo treatment using neutron and ion beam technology based at Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany.

Danny managed to raise over £22,000 to help fund his one-month course of rigorous treatment last summer.

The former rugby player has raised money through a variety of sporting and fundraising events including a testimonial rugby match and a bike ride from Glasgow to Sheffield.

In 2012, Danny was selected by Sheffield Hallam to carry the Olympic torch when it came through Sheffield.

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Danny said: "I was absolutely thrilled when I found out. I'm very proud and honoured to have received this. It's beyond my wildest dreams and is totally unexpected.

"The reaction on social media has been incredible and I am humbled by the messages people have sent to me.

"I couldn't have done any of this without the support of friends, family and colleagues and I feel they should be recognised too. This award is for them as much as it is for me."

Sheffield Hallam's visiting fellow, Bhanu Ramaswamy has been awarded the OBE for services to physiotherapy in Sheffield and her work with people with Parkinson’s.

Bhanu originally worked for the NHS but left to work as an independent physiotherapy consultant and volunteer and has worked on a number of research projects at the University.

For press information: Sarah Duce in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 4025 or email s.duce@shu.ac.uk