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Deafblind UK Chairman recognised with Unsung Hero Award at Deaf Sports Personality of the Year 2018

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Thursday, 29th November 2018

Deafblind UK Chairman recognised with Unsung Hero Award at Deaf Sports Personality of the Year 2018

Deafblind UK are proud to announce that their Chairman, Bob Nolan, was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award at the 2018 Deaf Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Bob – who himself is Deafblind, having been born deaf and now having lost 97% of his vision as a result of Usher's Syndrome – was appointed Chair of the national charity earlier this year. 

He was awarded the crowning achievement in a ceremony at Lancashire Country Cricket Club.

During Deafblind Awareness Week 2018, which had the theme of 'Because life is still an adventure', Bob became the first Deafblind individual to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.

Incredibly, Bob climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, whilst also cycling the 483 miles between peaks on a tandem bicycle.

Bob said: 'It was special to be recognised by Deaf Sports for being the first Deafblind person to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. They also recognised my small part in encouraging and supporting Deafblind people all over the UK these past 20 years.

'The award caps a great 2018 for me both personally and professionally, after winning the SCVO Terrific Trustee award, becoming Chair of Deafblind UK which I’m still very excited about, completing a tough but enjoyable challenge with the Three Peaks and now the Unsung Hero award.

'I hope my achievements will inspire Deafblind people and others that no matter what challenges we face in life if you want to do something badly enough, with the help of others you can find a way.'

Bob says he intends to continue to challenge himself – whether that be by climbing Kilimanjaro or cycling to Istanbul.

Deafblind UK say that combined sight and hearing loss is a growing issue in the UK, with predictions suggesting that by 2030, there could be as many as 600,000 people in the UK struggling with it.

The charity provides the practical daily-living support that so many deafblind people need – such as providing home befrienders, organising social groups, and providing help and advice.