Birmingham woman wins national charity award

A deafblind woman from Birmingham has won a national award from disability charity, Sense.

Susan Whit and Steve Bate

Susan White and Steve Bate

On 10th November 2016 Sense held an award ceremony honouring people who have helped other to lead a full and active lives.

Sense Awards was hosted by Paralympian gold medallist Steve Bate at the Southbank Centre in London.

52-year-old Susan White from Kings Heath won the ‘Deafblind Person of the Year’ award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to a major new disability centre being built in Selly Oak.

Susan, fascinated with buildings and architectural design, moved to Birmingham from Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, and has been involved in the development of the £14million disability centre being built by Sense, ‘TouchBase Pear’.

Susan’s contributions to the building include fully accessible bathrooms, and yellow bands around the doors to make them visible to the visually impaired.

Sense Chief Executive Gill Morbey said:

“Susan has overcome personal challenges to become an independent, active individual and role model to others, she is a worthy winner and I would like to congratulate her on her award.”

Host Steve Bate said:

“The Sense Awards is a wonderful way to recognise some inspiring achievements by people who are deafblind and those who make a very real difference to their lives.

“I was delighted to be asked to take part in the event and it was an honor to present the awards to the thoroughly deserving winners.”

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