Deafblind UK chair recognised

Bob Nolan receives accolade

Bob Nolan
Deafblind UK’s chairman, Bob Nolan, has received the Unsung Hero Award at the 2018 Deaf Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Mr Nolan was born deaf and has since lost 97% of his vision due to Usher’s syndrome.

Appointed chairman of the national charity this year, Mr Nolan also became the first deafblind person to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, while also cycling the 483 miles between them on a tandem bike.

He completed the challenge during Deafblind Awareness Week, which was themed ‘Because life is still an adventure.’

Speaking about the award, Mr Nolan said: “It was special to be recognised by Deaf Sports for being the first deafblind person to complete the Three Peaks Challenge. They recognised my small part in encouraging and supporting deafblind people all over the UK these past 20 years. As the first deafblind recipient of a Deaf Sports Personality of the Year award, I do hope many more will now follow.”