A teenager who has overcome her battle with cancer is looking forward to starting at her first choice university.
Kimberley Smith, of Oswaldtwistle, was diagnosed with stage 2 lymphoma in February this year after finding a lump in her neck.
After a series of test, the shattering news was broken to the 18-year-old and news that it had spread to her chest.
Kimberley said: “I was revising for my exams when I found out I had cancer.
“Blackburn College were fantastic. They contacted UCAS and Leeds Beckett University offered me an unconditional place so that I didn’t have the additional stress during my illness.
“I underwent three cycles of chemotherapy and lost all my hair. They said the treatment would be effective but I was still ill during my exams.
“I had had chemotherapy just days before, and missed one of them because I was at The Christie.”
The former Rhyddings High School pupil, who is the daughter of Harold Smith and Vilma Smith, will still have regular checkups but it looking forward to the future and attending Leeds Beckett university to study BA (Hons) in history.
She said: “They said I didn’t need to sit my exams, but I wanted to.
“I got an A, C and two Ds despite my treatment. It has been a hard year but I’m looking forward to the future.”
Blackburn College students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in 22 A-Level subjects with the results improving year-on-year since 2013.
Dr Thomas Moore, principal and chief executive, said he was delighted with the results.
He said: “We would like to congratulate all the students on their hard work and dedication and wish them well in the future.
“Special thanks must be given to the College’s excellent team of academic staff for their continued commitment to outstanding teaching and learning.”