Charity working for deaf shortlisted for top award

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A charity based in Beaconsfield helping deaf people has been shortlisted for a national award.

SignHealth has been shortlisted in the disability category in the Charity Awards for its BSL Healthy Minds service which delivers therapy and counselling for deaf people in British Sign Language.

All 30 shortlisted charities have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.

The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the overall award for excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for outstanding achievement, will be announced at a ceremony and dinner on Thursday, June 9 at the Mermaid Theatre in London’s Blackfriars, hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull.

He will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, alongside senior figures from the charity and civil society sector, and celebrities from the worlds of theatre, television, music and sport.

Gary Cottrell, acting chief executive of SignHealth said: “SignHealth is delighted that BSL Healthy Minds has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. To be nominated provides a huge incentive to everyone involved to

continue to provide the best service possible and also for service users, families and carers to feel safe when accessing the service.”

Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated SignHealth on making the highly-coveted shortlist.

She said: “We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so SignHealth should be very proud that BSL Healthy Minds has made the shortlist. For 16 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through. We wish SignHealth the very best of luck on the night.”

John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said: “CAF exists to support the amazing work of charities. Anyone looking to see some of the impressive ways in which charities make a difference would only need to take a look at the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Charity Awards. These are shining examples of charities at their very best, showing determined leadership and constantly innovating to support people in communities across the UK and beyond.

“It has been a difficult year for the charity sector and there are important lessons to take away from this. But it is no less vital that we continue to celebrate the success of charities which make such a difference to people’s lives in so many different ways.

Recognising the achievements of charities, like those in this year’s shortlist, is a crucial part of how we continue to maintain and build a proud culture of caring for others and selfless generosity in Britain.”