Liam Mackin, who has just won an Over the Rainbow award. Talented blind and deaf teenager Liam Mackin has won a prestigious award for his outstanding work with charity The Children’s Society in transforming the lives of disadvantaged children.
The 18-year-old, from Shipley, proudly received his award at the fifth annual Over the Rainbow Awards, held in Gaydon, Warwickshire, where he goes to school. The event last weekend was organised by The Children’s Society and formally recognises the outstanding work by children and young people who are involved with the charity.
Using money from The Children’s Society’s Pot of Gold scheme – where young people manage and allocate funding to other children and young people – Liam worked with The Children’s Society’s LEAP project in Leeds to raise awareness about disability. He has also been running life skill workshops for disabled young people and has set up his own company offering training to parents, carers and others who help the blind or partially-sighted.
Speaking after the ceremony Liam said: “Working with The Children’s Society has been an amazing experience and one which has allowed me to give something back to the people who have made such a difference to my life.” Last year he was presented with an award for Best Positive Role Model for Disabilities at the National Diversity Awards 2012.