Bethany Smart
Bethany Smart

A 23-year-old has battled dyslexia to graduate with a first-class masters degree in pharmacy.

Bethany Smart graduated in front of her parents, Martin and Lynn, at Rochester Cathedral, having not just achieved a first-class degree but also the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s top student award in her year of 120 students.

Bethany, a former pupil at Toot Hill, Bingham, studied for four years at The Medway School of Pharmacy, Gillingham.

She started a job at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on Monday, where she will continue her studies while working and will be a fully qualified pharmacist in five years.

Her father, Mr Martin Smart, of South Muskham, said: “We are proud of what she has achieved and of all the hard work she has put in.

“It goes to show that dyslexia doesn’t need to hold someone back from achieving what they want to.”

Mr Smart is a former senior officer with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

His son, Aaron, who also has dyslexia, followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a retained firefighter.

Aaron was awarded a silver axe after passing out top of his class in training.