Julie is ‘speechless’ on winning award

Julie Carr with Gareth Gates after they were both winners at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Honours and Giving Voice Awards ceremony.
Julie Carr with Gareth Gates after they were both winners at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Honours and Giving Voice Awards ceremony.

A CHARITY worker from south east Northumberland has been awarded for her outstanding contribution to speech and language therapy.

Julie Carr, of Ashington, received the award at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Honours and Giving Voice Awards ceremony in London.

The ceremony was attended by pop star Gareth Gates, who was crowned celebrity ambassador for Giving Voice, and Mark Logue, one of the authors of The King’s Speech, and actor Geoffrey Rush, who played George VI’s speech therapist in the film adaptation, who both won awards for outstanding contribution to speech and language therapy from outside the profession.

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s speech and language team, involving students and staff from Newcastle University’s School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, were awarded best service for their Giving Voice fundraising activities throughout the year.

Julie, 22, who has recently qualified as a speech and language therapist, was one of the students.

She said: “I am still overwhelmed and absolutely delighted.”

During her time in London, Julie met with Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery at the Houses of Parliament to discuss the importance of speech and language therapy as part of a Mass Mobilisation event organised by RCSLT.

Mr Lavery said: “Meeting with Julie has shown me what a critical role speech and language therapists play.

“I’ve been surprised to learn the huge variety of people they work with, from children with autism to older people recovering from a stroke.

“It was fascinating to hear about how speech and language therapy is literally transforming so many people’s lives in Wansbeck on a daily basis.

“I would like to congratulate Julie on her outstanding work with Giving Voice.”

Julie said: “More than 200 people met as part of this mass mobilisation.

“It was fantastic to take the message to Westminster that our profession does transform lives.”