Two deafblind Birmingham residence shortlisted for Everyday Heroes Award


Two people from Birmingham are among the nominees for an award from a deafblind charity.

Susan White

Susan White

Susan White, from Kings Heath, and John Churcher, from Erdington, are among four people to have been nominated for Sense’s ‘Deafblind Person of the Year’ Award.

The Sense Awards recognises achievements of people in the deafblind community and within the charity itself. The ceremony says it awards “everyday people who have helped Sense raise awareness for the deafblind community, supporting them to live full and active lives.”

John has Usher Syndrome, a condition which has resulted in him having a hearing impairment.

The 43-year-old has been ranked third in the world, becoming the first blind person to climb to the summit of the Eiger and selected to be a Paraclimber for the GB team.

John Churcher

John Churcher

He said:

“It’s amazing to be shortlisted for an award for doing something that I am passionate about.”

Susan, 52, has been recognised for outstanding contribution to a major new £14m disability centre being built by Sense: ‘TouchBase Pears’.

Acting as a champion for the project, Susan participated in a work placement at architects Glenn Howells, where she carried out research and advised on design, fixtures and fittings.

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:

“People who are deafblind, and those with complex needs, often face major challenges in life.  The Sense Awards recognise some of the fantastic achievements of these individuals, as well as the work of the wonderful people who support them.

“We’d like to congratulate everyone that’s been nominated for an award, and look forward to announcing the winners at the Southbank Centre, in London, on the 10th November.”

The Sense Awards event will be held on 10th November and will be hosted by Paralympian gold medallist Steve Bate at the Southbank Centre in London.

For further information on other nominees and the ceremony click here.


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