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Rowling rewarded for MS work

6th July 2006

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been honoured for her work in helping research into multiple sclerosis (MS).

Ms Rowling, who has become internationally renowned for her books about the boy wizard, was awarded a Doctor of Laws from Aberdeen University in recognition of her charity work and campaigning for MS sufferers.

In a ceremony at the university's Marischal College, the mother-of-three received the prestigious honour for her contribution as president of the MS Society in Scotland.

"I am extremely honoured to be receiving this honorary degree from such a distinguished Scottish university," Ms Rowling stated after receiving the award.

The 40-year-old's mother died from MS at the age of 45 in 1990, which has been a major factor in Ms Rowling's continued campaigning for the charity.

She added: "As the patron of the MS Society Scotland, and someone with personal experience of the devastating effects of MS, it is a great privilege to be able to help the institute continue its pioneering work into the causes and effects of multiple sclerosis."