Camden schoolgirl and deafness campaigner Lily Conlan capped a remarkable year by beating off competition from all over the country win a prestigious charity award.
The seven-year-old won a public vote to nab the ‘Community Spirit’ prize at a glitzy gala ceremony held in Gateshead by the charity Signature, who try to recognise people who are going above and beyond to improve access for deaf people.
Lily’s mum, Angela, said they had a great night out in the north-east. She added: “I could not be more proud! We are absolutely over the moon that she has been recognised for all her hard work helping others, inspiring determination and raising deaf awareness.” Lily hit the headlines earlier this year when she starred in a fundraising video for the charity Auditory Verbal UK.
The Kings Cross Academy pupil herself has hearing difficulties, but having had a cochlear implant which markedly improved her quality of life, she has been trying to give back. Lindsay Foster, Signature’s executive director, said “With over 3000 votes, it was by far the biggest and most exciting competition that the Signature Annual Awards has ever seen.
Lily’s story is both inspirational and unique.”