Awards nod for Ruairi

A deafblind Exmouth teenager has been nominated for a national award for his charity fundraising.

Ruairi Corr, 17, of Betjeman Drive, Brixington, has been shortlisted for Young Deaf-blind Person of the Year by deafblind charity Sense.

Ruairi was shortlisted after completing the Great West Run in May, raising more than �1,400 to help support a blind man in Malawi.

He will find out if he’s won at an awards ceremony in London, which will be hosted by TV personality Arlene Phillips.

Ruairi’s run wasn’t his first fundraising mission, as in 2009, Ruairi cycled 17 miles on a tandem to raise money for the West of England School and College for young people with little or no sight, which he attends.

He has also climbed Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike, and is now planning to climb Carrantuohil, the highest peak in Ireland.

Ruairi’s mother Deirdre said: “I’m so proud of this recognition, Ruairi has always been so determined to overcome all obstacles in his path, plus he has an enormous sense of humour that keeps me going.”

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Sense chief executive Gillian Morbey said: “I am delighted Ruairi was nominated. His achievements show how much deaf-blind people can accomplish and this deserves to be celebrated.”