A GIRL with sight and hearing loss has been shortlisted for a national charity award for her campaign to raise awareness of living with a disability.

Skye Cohen, from Andover, has been shortlisted for the Young Person of the Year award at the Sense Awards 2018.

Through her YouTube channel Hear Comes Skye, the 10-year-old has sought to normalise disability and inspire young people with sight and hearing impairments and help them to grow in confidence.

To date, her channel has received over 22,000 views.

Skye said: “When I found out I was shortlisted for the Young Person of the Year award, I was shocked. I am so proud and really excited.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people just like me and maybe I might inspire people and let them know about my channel.

“My family are really proud of me, especially my mum, but she says I’m already a winner in her eyes.

“We’ve been really busy recently so haven’t had the time to record and upload new content onto the YouTube channel.

“I’m trying to expand my Instagram page because it’s easier to update and upload onto. I’ve got loads of ideas though.”

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers who support them.

Richard Kramer, Sense chief executive, said: “Skye has been an inspiration to her peers and is such a source of positivity and resilience.

“At such a young age, she has been able to use her personal experiences to help others and has risen to the challenge of becoming a social media influencer.

“The Sense Awards exist to celebrate the achievements of people like her and I wish Skye all the best of luck for this year’s award ceremony.”

The annual awards, now in their 15th year, will take place on Thursday, September 20 at TouchBase Pears in Birmingham.

The celebratory evening will be hosted by BBC presenter Nikki Fox.