Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-12

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14 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS From left, Kyle Wilkie, marketing and events executive for Camberley Business Improvemen­t District, with Atrium staff members Durga Gurung, Sue Gibson and Stacey Lathangue Camberley’s see-through masks blaze a trail for deaf-friendly PPE Jodie MacAndrew, Collective­ly Camberley’s business improvemen­t manager, said: “We believe that Camberley is one of the first towns in England to have implemente­d this and are really excited to be leading the way. “From the positive feedback we have received so far, we hope that our businesses get fully behind this campaign. We look forward to working towards our future projects to ensure that Camberley is safe, welcoming and inclusive.” “My children have to rely on me to help communicat­e and their shopping experience is not as enjoyable as it should be.” Jonathan Dowsett, centre manager at The Atrium, said: “We have a number of deaf and hearingimp­aired customers who visit us, and Camberley town centre, on a regular basis and it’s imperative for businesses and organisati­ons to work together to ensure we adapt and cater to the needs of as many as possible.” tively Camberley, The Atrium and all of Camberley’s town centre businesses for this. “The clear panel in the face coverings make it possible to lipread, meaning that if someone in a shop is wearing one they are able to communicat­e better with a deaf person. “Shopping has been really difficult as a family at this time, as you cannot lipread any of the staff with a normal face covering and they have thick perspex screens making it impossible to hear them. The initiative is also being supported by Chloe and Sophie’s Special Ears Fund (CSSEF), The Atrium’s chosen charity of the year for 2020, and Just4Kids Camberley. CSSEF was founded by parents Karen and Brian Jackson, of Aldershot, to raise money to help their daughters, Chloe and Sophie (now aged 14 and 11), who are both deaf. It now works to raise deaf awareness in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey. Mrs Jackson said: “There aren’t enough words to thank Collec- CAMBERLEY businesses have teamed up with a deaf awareness charity to support people with hearing impairment­s during the coronaviru­s pandemic. The Atrium and Collective­ly Camberley are handing out clear face coverings to all businesses in the town centre, as masks that cover the wearer’s mouth can make lip reading impossible, presenting a serious problem for the 12 million people in the UK who rely on visual cues and facial expression­s to communicat­e. Hunt begins for Rushmoor’s most talented BACKED by the Princes Hall, Rushmoor Borough Council is searching for the area’s most talented resident, as part of its online “interval at home” activities. If you are a local singer, magician, martial artist, yo-yo-er, dancer, musician, acrobat, trampoline­r, artist, comedian, actor, filmmaker, impersonat­or, cheerleade­r, hula hooper, BMX trickster, or even a keepy-uppy expert, it’s time to get practising your skills. The council is asking residents to submit their talents on video, before the end of August, for a chance to win part of the cash prize pot of £500. But there is a catch, as they only have 60 seconds to persuade the judges that they are Rushmoor’s most talented resident. Councillor Marina Munro, the council’s cabinet member for planning and economy, said: “We know what a talented bunch Rushmoor residents are, and we want to celebrate this. “So join in with the fun and submit your entry for a chance to win one of the grand prizes – but remember, you only have 60 seconds to prove you are the deserved winner.” Auditions are open to everyone who lives in Aldershot or Farnboroug­h of any age – and it can even be pets that have the talent. Acts will be judged on presentati­on, content, originalit­y and talent, so it’s time to start practising and get your talent recorded on video ready to enter. The third-place runner-up will win £50, second place will receive £150 and the overall winner will receive the grand prize of £300 and the title of “Rushmoor’s most talented resident 2020”. Princes Hall manager David Phillips said: “Over the school holidays we are inviting residents to record their unique talents, special skills or unrivalled abilities and submit them to the first ever digital Rushmoor Talent Quest. “We know there’s a lot of local talent out there, and we’re really looking forward to seeing the submission­s.” Entries must be submitted before August 23. Visit www.princeshal­ rushmoorta­lentquest for more details. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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