To watch Access Bedford pick up their National Award go to 25 mins.
Access Bedford, a local charity supporting the deaf community has won the National Community Spirit Award run by Signature. Two Access Bedford members, both deaf, travelled to Leeds on Friday (19 November) to take part in the glitzy awards event hosted by BBC One’s Louise Minchin.
Michelle Raperport-Smyth, a committee members with Access Bedford said:
“Our award was one of the last and we were feeling emotional, nervous and never thought we would win. They read out all the finalists then our name popped up, Access Bedford, and I couldn’t believe it! As we walked up to collect the award people were saying congratulations and it was really overwhelming!”
Catherine Wright, chair for Access Bedford said:
“This award means so much to us as volunteers but also to the community we support. I’m so proud that we won! The awards ceremony was an amazing experience where I met lots of other people who now want our help to set up an Access Charity like ours in their area. It is fantastic to be recognised in this way for everything we have achieved in Bedford and for other people to see that you can change things by working together. Thank you to everyone who voted for us to win.”