Sutton teenager Kaye Beastall in line for national award

A SUTTON teenager is one step closer to picking up a national award which recognises the achievements of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Kaye Beastall (14) is one of 10 regional finalists who is in with a chance winning the Sound Barrier Star Awards competition, run by Specsavers and in association with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Five finalists will be chosen to attend the grand final in London later this week.

Kaye says: “I can’t believe I’ve been selected as a regional finalist – I’m so excited. It really does mean a lot to have been recognised for my achievements and I just hope that I get the chance to go to London and possibly be awarded the title of Sound Barrier Star 2011.”

Kaye was fitted with hearing aids on her fourth birthday, after spending the first few years of her life with severe hearing loss.

Her mum Lorraine who nominated her for the award. said: “Kaye is a bubbly 14-year-old who although did not speak until she was four years old, now does not come up for a breath.”