National award for Exmouth teenager

An Exmouth teenager has been named Young Deafblind Person of the Year.

Ruairi Corr, 17, of Betjeman Drive, Brixington, was given the award by deafblind charity Sense in recognition of his charity work.

He received the award at a ceremony in London, hosted by TV personality Arlene Phillips.

Ruairi became deafblind when he was six and a half years old, following a bone marrow transplant for a rare genetic condition.

He was handed the award, having completed the Great West Run earlier this year, raising more than �1,400 to help support a blind man in Malawi.

His previous achievements include cycling 17 miles on a tandem to raise money for the West of England School and College for young people with little or no sight, and climbing Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike.

Ruairi’s father Aaron said: “We are hugely happy for Ruairi to get this recognition.

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“He has always been a winner to us and to get this accolade is a real confidence boost.”