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Heather Jackson Award winner announced

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2013’s Heather Jackson Award is due to be presented to Peter J Pullan later this year, the National Association of Deafened People has announced.

Mr Pullan will be getting the award as part of April’s NAPD annual general meeting.

He co-founded STAGETEXT some 13 years ago with Merfyn Williams and Geoff Brown. According to its website, this charity provide captioning in venues such as theatres.

The award is given every year to a deafened individual and has contributed significantly to enhancing opportunities and welfare for other people in this position.

It is given in honour of Heather Jackson, the National Association of Deafened People’s past chair, who sadly died in 2007.

Alongside the NAPD, other charities she was involved with also have involvement with the award.

Quoted on the STAGETEXT website, Mr Pullan has said: “I am delighted to receive this award as it has special memories for me. Heather came to our first captioned performance at the Barbican Theatre back in November 2000 with her two daughters.”

The occasion was the first time in 16 years that she had had the chance to follow a play, having been deafened for that amount of time, he went on.

Having been once, she went to many more shows with captions and was a big STAGETEXT supporter, he added.

“Without Peter’s tireless work deafened and hard of hearing people would not enjoy the access to the theatre that they now have, nor would STAGETEXT have developed into the successful organisation that it now is,” the NADP has stated.

One feature of the STAGETEXT website is that it allows you to see listings of when captioned performances will be taking place.

For example, on April 1st drama about Oscar Wilde, The Judas Kiss, which features the actor Rupert Everett, is going to be captioned at The Duke of York’s Theatre, London.

And Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre will be home to a captioned performance of musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat on April 6th.

Visit the Hearing Aids pages of the Leightons website and find out more about these life changing devices.

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