Senior Fellowships for Margaret Aspinall CBE and Trevor Hicks CBEMonday 25 January 2016
Hillsborough campaigners Margaret Aspinall CBE and Trevor Hicks CBE are to be made Senior Fellows of Liverpool Hope University.
Mrs Aspinall and Mr Hicks will receive their Senior Fellowships at the university’s annual Foundation Day Service, which celebrates the ecumenical foundation of the university, its commitment to social justice and its mission to educate the mind, body and spirit in the quest for truth, beauty and goodness.
Mrs Aspinall said: “I feel humbled to receive the award, but it is not just about me, or even the group, but the people of the city who have supported us throughout the years. Where we are today is a complete U-turn on 20 years ago and the families have a lot to be proud of. It has been a long, long road. It feels as though we’re still climbing a mountain and have not yet quite reached the peak.”
Trevor Hicks said: “I am delighted to accept this honour, shared with Margaret Aspinall, in recognition of our part in the long fight for justice that all the Hillsborough families have endured for nearly 27 years. I was very surprised to get the letter back in July and I thank the University very much indeed for this great honour. I came through a Technical Apprentice and secondary education via the day release and night school route and never thought that one day I would feature in a Senior Fellowship event at a great university. I dedicate my share of the award to my daughters and the other 94 victims of Hillsborough and suspect that Sarah and Victoria would be very proud even though Sarah attended the other Liverpool University!”
Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University said: “Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks are truly remarkable people. They are outstanding exemplars of perseverance and unwavering dedication to truth and justice, even when that has meant much sacrifice. In recognising them, we seek to honour all the families of the 96 and those who engage in the struggle for truth and justice in our society. We are honoured to welcome them into the Liverpool Hope University community.”