Honours for deafblind pair who are strictly amazing

STRICTLY AMAZING: Dancer Karen Hardy, Alison Jameson, Susan White and Sense chairman John Crabtree.
STRICTLY AMAZING: Dancer Karen Hardy, Alison Jameson, Susan White and Sense chairman John Crabtree.
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Two women from Spalding have been honoured at a national awards ceremony for their efforts in beating sight and hearing disabilities to live life to the full.

Alison Jameson and Susan White were runners-up for Sense Deafblind Person of the Year and received certificates from Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hardy at a ceremony in London on Monday.

Both women have overcome sight and hearing problems to go the extra mile and were nominated for the award by Susan Larner-Peet, education services manager at the Glenside Resource Centre in West Pinchbeck.

Alison (46), who has a small amount of hearing and vision, was nominated for her voluntary work at Sense Children’s Services.

She has assisted office staff, maintained play equipment, built close relationships with children who attend sessions and created a disco sensory environment for them to enjoy.

Alison said: “I love working with children. I work in the office making resources and in the playroom with the children, as well as supporting them in the pool.

“This work is very important to me and I am happy to be able to do this each week.”

Susan (49) is profoundly deaf with sight in one eye – but that hasn’t stopped the talented artist from completing a year-long art course at college.

Speaking before the awards ceremony, Susan said: “I feel proud to have been nominated for the Sense Awards.

“In the future I want to work in an architect’s office and learn more about graphic design.”

Susan Larner-Peet said Alison and Susan did incredibly well to be short-listed for Deafblind Person of the Year.

She said: “Alison is an excellent role model helping others despite her hearing and sight impairments.

“Alison is very meticulous and conscientious and gives her all to each task she is given. It is a pleasure to support Alison in this activity.

“I feel Susan’s achievements in overcoming the barriers and the challenges of settling in a much bigger environment to study alongside others, and her consistent determination and good humour deserve recognition.

“Having completed her art and design course, Susan is now actively pursuing other options for the future and I am sure she will make a success of whatever she does.”

Dancer Karen Hardy described the ceremony as a wonderful way to recognise the achievements of deafblind people.