We are delighted to launch the second year of the Claire Campbell Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Deaf teenager, Lauren Press, and St George’s Hospital Auditory Implant Service Team were the incredibly worthy winners of the inaugural Claire Campbell awards held in 2023, launched in memory of Claire who was dedicated to supporting deaf children to have the same opportunities in life as their hearing peers. 

Claire was a committed ambassador of Auditory Verbal UK, as its Chair of Trustees from 2013 to 2020, and until she passed away in November 2022. As the mother of three children, two of whom are profoundly deaf and learnt to listen and talk at AVUK, Claire was, and remains, a source of inspiration to many families across the UK and internationally.

Claire helped so many people, many of whom she never met, but reached with her kindness and compassion. She shared her family’s experience of accessing support, including through the honest and open blog which Claire created with her husband Chris. Claire was dedicated to helping other families have the same opportunity to access specialist early interventions to support their children to have the same opportunities in life as their hearing peers.

We once again, together with Claire’s family, want to recognise the outstanding achievements of deaf children and young people and the adults who have gone above and beyond to support them.

Pictured: Ollie, Alice and Chris Campbell with 20243 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Lauren Press and St George’s Hospital Auditory Implant Service

Claire's husband Chris said:

"The 2023 awards were such a perfect way to honour Claire and as a family we were overwhelmed by all the entries which demonstrated truly outstanding achievements both proving what deaf children and young people can achieve as well as adults who are going above and beyond to support.

“It is clear that Claire’s passion and legacy to ensure all deaf children can achieve their potential, lives in on so many wonderful individuals and teams. All of the entries were inspirational in the work they do, proving over and over again that being deaf does not have to be a barrier to any aspiration. I can’t wait to see even more amazing entries for 2024 and I know that choosing the winners is going to be as tough a job as it was last year.”

There are two categories: 

Children and Young Person Outstanding Achievement Award 

This award will recognise a deaf child or young person with hearing loss who, like Claire, has gone above and beyond to demonstrate that deaf children can achieve their potential.

Nominations must include specific obstacles the child has overcome and what they have achieved. Entrants cannot nominate themselves, but can be made by anyone else, including:

  • Parent, family member or carer
  • Teacher
  • Professional/healthcare worker or therapist who has worked with the child or young person
  • Another child or young person or adult who has been inspired by them 

2023 Winner – Lauren Press

Lauren Press (18) was diagnosed as profoundly deaf soon after she was born and wears cochlear implants. She was supported to learn to listen and speak on AVUK’s specialist family programme and this summer sat three A Levels. 

Nominated for the award by her school for her “drive and motivation and dedication to helping others understand deafness and to help improve outcomes for all deaf children.” Lauren won the award proving what deaf children can achieve alongside backing calls for more support for deaf children to achieve their potential. Lauren has spoken at both the House of Commons in Westminster and London City Hall highlighting the importance of early support for deaf children. She has also spoken about deafness at school assemblies and supported fundraising efforts.

Adult Outstanding Achievement Award

This award will recognise an adult, such as a professional, teacher, parent or caregiver, who, like Claire, has gone above and beyond to support a deaf child or children to achieve their potential and/or challenge the perceptions of what deaf children can achieve. 

Nominations must include details of the support that has been provided and examples of how the nominee has gone above and beyond to support deaf children and young people to achieve their potential. Entrants cannot nominate themselves, but can be made by anyone else, including:

  • Deaf child or family they have worked with 
  • Fellow professional
  • Fellow parent or caregiver 

2023 Winner - St George’s Hospital Auditory Implant Service

St George’s Hospital Auditory Implant Service in Tooting, South London, were nominated by the family of a deaf teenager who highlighted the work of David Selvadurai, Dhaval Mehta and Tash Gerrow. The nomination said: “We applaud each and every one of them for going above and beyond in positively impacting, changing and continuing to support so many children and young people throughout their hearing journeys. Our son is testament to that, and they have had an enormous impact on him throughout his entire hearing journey.”

How to enter

We want to get a real sense of the nominee and what they have done and achieved. We are keen to receive nominations in both categories which best showcase the achievements of the nominee and also allow for the person nominating to give their nomination in their own creative way. Therefore, we encourage entrants to be made in several ways, including: 

  • Thank you letter or letter of appreciation 
  • Story
  • Poem 
  • Newspaper article – with a headline, story and photo as if it appears in a daily newspaper. 
  • Cartoon
  • Drawing

Nominations submitted in 2023 can be re-submitted for the 2024 awards.

Nominations must be received by midday on September 20, 2024 and should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to: FAO of Jane Warriner, Auditory Verbal UK, 82-86 Jamaica Road, Bermondsey, LONDON, SE16 4BA. 

If you would like to speak to us before making a nomination, please email or call us on 01869 325000. 

Claires’ children, Ollie, Alice and Joseph, along with husband Chris, will judge the award entries with the team at AVUK. They will be looking for nominations which reflect Claire’s own dedication to ensuring all deaf children will have the same opportunities as their hearing peers.

The 2024 Claire Campbell Awards for Outstanding Achievement will be presented to the winners in November 2024  

You can read more about the nominees shortlisted in 2023 here