TIME is running out to find and celebrate the achievements of local residents who suffer from hearing loss, as only two weeks remain to enter the Sound Barrier Star Awards.
The national awards by Specsavers hearing centres were launched by international singing star and acclaimed actress Maureen Nolan, together with Specsavers’ national charity partner Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
There have been some fantastic entries so far, but know there are more stars waiting to be discovered. If you are a friend or relative of someone with hearing loss who you think deserves recognition, go ahead and nominate them.
There isn’t much time left! 2012 Sound Barrier Star Award winner Suzi Rees says: "I loved every second of the Sound Barrier Star Awards when I was entered last year. On a personal level, I was very proud to win such a prestigious award, but as a wider message, it is fantastic to have a national campaign that recognises some of the outstanding personalities and achievements in the deaf and hard of hearing community."
Anyone can nominate themselves, a friend or family member to enter the Sound Barrier Star Awards by visiting one of over 400 Specsavers hearing centres nationwide and picking up a nomination form, or downloading a form online at http://www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing/sound-barrier-star-awards. Entrants will be asked to explain why they deserve to win.
The Sound Barrier Sound Awards will culminate in a grand final in October, and for every entry Specsavers will donate £5 to the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Hearing dogs help transform the lives of deaf people by alerting them to sounds and allowing them greater independence.
The Sound Barrier Star awards will recognise ten regional finalists across the UK.
The Sound Barrier Star of 2013 will win a week long villa holiday for two people in the Mediterranean, including flights, courtesy of VillaParade. On top of this, they will also receive a £1,500 hearcare or £500 optic voucher from Specsavers.
Five of these will be selected and invited to attend the grand final, hosted by Maureen Nolan, at the Savile Club in London on Wednesday 16 October.