Sense Awards

The Sense Awards celebrate the achievements of deafblind people and those that support them. 

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Thank you to all those who nominated in this year’s Sense Awards and big congratulations to all nominees – 2015 has seen some outstanding achievements.

The nominees for the Sense Awards 2015 have been shortlisted and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 7 December 2015 in London.  Preparations are well underway for the ceremony which will be attended by over eighty guests.

The shortlistees list is as follows:

Excellence award

TouchBase South East
For continuing their good work and still finding opportunities to celebrate, during a testing period of refurbishment.

Barry Spicer
For his support of the employees at Hyde Close Flats, to facilitate them to improve the daily experiences of people who live there.

Hampton Resource Centre
For delivering outstanding services to the deafblind people they support, and for supporting a number of work experience opportunities.

Adam Richardson and Sheryl Herdson
For developing the booklet “Good to Outstanding” to support managers of Sense services to work towards an “Outstanding” CQC rating.

Growth award

Debby Bayliss
For ensuring high quality tender and framework submissions every time, to allow for the development of service, facilities and support.

The Trading Team
For their improvement on donations and sales that show they are performing 8-12% points higher than the rest of the charity sector.

Volunteering award

Keith Lambert
For his unconditional commitment of over 12 years as a volunteer with Sense; from volunteering in our shops, fundraising and raising awareness of Sense and charitable giving.

Alick Tibbatts
For his continued volunteering at Sense Cymru including his success in securing premises for the new TouchBase Cymru as well as other useful contacts for the new development.

Farrah Alzahra
For being a brilliant volunteer on three Sense holidays over the summer; contributing 384 hours of her time to the programme.

Kerry Whitney
For taking on 15 marathons in 15 months for Sense, due to finish later this month, and raising over £5,000.

Sense Person of the Year award

Ian Capon
For his contribution to his community and Sense in setting up of the Isle of Wight Forum and supporting our We All Need Friends campaign.

Eric Griffiths
For fundraising for charities for 30 years as a deafblind individual, raising over £250,000.

Colin Hetherington
For setting up a social group called The Northern Alliance, for people with Usher Syndrome and other visual impairments.

Young Person of the Year award

Grace Shipton
For her resilience, and continued participation at school, as well as fantastic efforts to develop her communication amongst her peers.

Bethany Fanthom
For overcoming various obstacles in the education system, and for speaking out to make a contribution to Sense’s campaigning and her own future.

Emma Blackmore
For her blossoming confidence, and subsequent volunteering and work with Sense, that extends to her still fundraising and volunteering at the Woodside Centre with us today.

Carer of the Year award

David McLennan

For encouraging the hobbies of the person he supports, and using new communication methods to ensure she is engaged.

Beryl Armitage
For adopting deafblind children from across the country and campaigning for their rights and sharing her experiences with professionals.

Change Maker award

Donna Corrigan

For increasing the independence and enjoyment of many people Sense supports by introducing technology to support communication, access to information, mobility and new ways of participating in society.  

Sue Brown and the Public Policy Team
For the campaigning work that has changed the lives of deafblind people; making life more secure through changes to the Care Act, and for always encouraging deafblind people’s involvement in campaigning.

Art Partnership award

Islington Museum
For being the superb hosts of Sense’s three month art and textiles project at the museum, and for offering in kind support and access to their archives.

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
For leading an inspirational week of sessions looking at the possibilities for movement as communication with people from TouchBase South East

AMX by Harman
For their work as a strategic partner of Sense, raising £20,000 which was used to pay for a refurbished music room at TouchBase South East.

Creativity award

Alex McEwan
For her fantastic and committed contribution to the Material Memories and Quilt Tales projects and the success they became.

Samantha Poxon
In her support worker role taking a personal approach when working with deafblind people, and thinking of innovative ideas to support them, and fundraise for Sense.

GOT 2 ACT Group
For their achievement in creating a supportive environment for those to participate in the performing arts and taking their performances around the world.

Powerful Partnership award

Seashell Trust
For strengthening the pre-existing relationship between Sense and Seashell Trust by running a successful conference for professionals in the health, social care and education sector to improve their practice.

Northern Trust
For being Sense’s most powerful corporate partnership in 2015; enabled by their fundraising at the Badminton Horse Trials and at their 125th Anniversary, raising over £27,000 for Sense to date.

Whitefields School and Centre and Linden Lodge School
For working alongside Sense to run two successful consultation events designed to better understand the aspirations, interests and needs of young people as they move into adulthood.

Good Service award

Gloucester Ski and Snowboard
For offering sessions to Sense holidaymakers each summer for many years and adapting their work to suit the needs of our holidaymakers.

Jewish Care
For working with Sense to deliver 10 dual sensory loss awareness training sessions to over 100 management level staff from across the organisations.

Quality award

Hampton Resource Centre
For encouraging innovative communication for their students; for supporting work experience opportunities and for celebrating individual achievements.

Manor House
For engaging with technology to increase the independence of the residents; and for ensuring that every day achievements are celebrated by staff and individuals alike.

Full details of the winners and highlights of the Sense Awards 2015 will be available on this website after the event.



First published: Monday 14 May 2012
Updated: Sunday 29 November 2015