Caring Sheffield man David in line for national award

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Sheffield man David McLennan, aged 63, has been shortlisted in the ‘Carer of the Year’ category by deafblind charity Sense for his work supporting people with sight and hearing loss.

He is nominated for helping 69-year-old Crystal Bradley, who is deafblind, by taking her on days out and to bingo sessions.

David is deaf himself and communicates with Crystal using the deafblind manual alphabet.

Crystal said: “David is very good to me, he makes me feel safe and I don’t worry when he’s around. He helps me by copying knitting patterns and getting them converted into Braille for me. He also shares information from the news, and stories from my favourite television shows. I feel he is my angel as he makes my life happy and brighter.”

David added: “It was such a lovely surprise to hear that I had been shortlisted for a Sense award. I feel proud of Crystal, she is brave and intelligent, and I feel proud to work with her as her carer, advocate and best friend. All I want to do is to make sure she is ok and enjoying life, I don’t want her to left out or hiding in her flat like prisoner. She should have freedom like everyone else.”

The awards will be given out at a ceremony in London on December 7.