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11:58 AM 18th November 2020

Deafblind Teenager From Keighley Shortlisted For National Charity Award

Chloe Leach, a 19-year-old deafblind teenager from Keighley in Bradford has been shortlisted for an award by the national disability charity, Sense. The nomination recognises Chloe’s success in transitioning from school to college while shielding due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Chloe Leach, 19, from Keighley in Bradford
Chloe Leach, 19, from Keighley in Bradford
Chloe, who has Down’s Syndrome and complex needs, has been shortlisted for the ‘Young Person of the Year’ award at the 17th annual Sense Awards.

The teenager has had to shield since the outbreak of the pandemic in March but has still managed to successfully finish secondary school and make the transition to college.

She has made a fantastic start to college thanks to virtual support while she continues to shield at home. Chloe has also continued to participate in Sense’s Buddying programme, which pairs disabled people with volunteer buddies, to stay connected and enjoy activities.

Paula, Chloe’s mum, said:
“Chloe is amazing and charms everyone she meets. She is our inspiration and we never stop dreaming for what she can achieve. It’s through her reaching small goals that keeps us all going. Chloe will try anything and it's because of this that we have found the Sense Buddying service and how amazing it is. We never have a day without laughter, or chocolate!”

Sense Chief Executive Richard Kramer said:
“We are delighted to nominate Chloe for the Sense ‘Young Person of the Year’ award. Her successful start at college is a fantastic achievement, particularly during such a challenging year. We congratulate her and look forward to hearing about her future achievements.”

The Sense Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers who support them. Winners will be announced on December 1. For more information about the Sense Awards visit:

About Sense:

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people living with complex disabilities, including those who are deafblind, to communicate and experience the world. Sense supports children, young people and adults in their home and in the community, in their education and transition to adulthood and through its holidays, arts, sports and wellbeing programmes. In addition to practical support to families, Sense also offers information advice, short breaks and family events, and campaigns for the rights of people with complex disabilities to take part in life. For more information please visit