The National Deaf Children Society’s Deaf-Friendly Swimming Project will celebrate their recognition as the nation’s Best sports project by picking up a coveted National Lottery Award on TV tonight in front of a star-studded audience.
Staff and volunteers from the initiative were joined on the red carpet by celebrities such as John Barrowman, Kimberly Wyatt, Katie Derham and many of Team GB’s National Lottery funded Olympic heroes as they accepted their honour.
Millions of TV viewers will see the project recognised for their inspirational work breaking down barriers that prevent young deaf people from taking part in swimming through the organisation of classes and training instructors. The project also allows young deaf children to socialise and develop their confidence.
A short film featuring a visit from Junior Bake Off presenters, Sam & Mark, who presented them with their award, will also be shown on the programme, The National Lottery Stars 2016, at 22.45 on BBC One.
Ashleigh Scott from The National Deaf Children’s Society said:
“It is a wonderful achievement to receive a National Lottery Award on behalf of the NDCS and be recognised by the public for our work in trying to improve the health and wellbeing of young deaf children across the UK.
“The National Lottery Awards are a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness of the good work that we do and the positive impact National Lottery funding has.
“We are extremely grateful to those who supported us in our campaign and we would to thank them and, of course, everyone who plays the National Lottery.”
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