Personal poem wins award

A POEM about her deaf and blind sister has won a Glaisdale woman a national award.

Helen Luddington penned the piece about Karen, who is in her mid-forties and suffers from the rare genetic condition Usher syndrome which caused her to be born deaf and then in her teens to lose her sight .

Helen said she was inspired to write the poem by her 15 year old daughter Milly after she did a 198 mile charity coast to coast walk.

The charity SENSE ran a writing competition and although Helen had not written the poem for the competition she decided to submit it gaining a runner-up award.

She said: “To share what I had written out loud with all the other authors was a really bonding moment to know there are other families like ours with similar challenges and hopes.”