In the run up to Red Nose Day on 18 March 2022, young deaf adult Oliver Pritchard is representing The Elizabeth Foundation in the “Red Nose and Spoon Race” on BBC The One Show to help raise funds for Comic Relief.
Oliver Pritchard (pictured right in the photo above) and his family attended The Elizabeth Foundation’s intervention services for young deaf children over twenty years ago, during his preschool years.
Now a young adult, Oliver is currently training to compete in sprint triathlons, alongside pursuing a career in the agricultural industry.
Oliver says, “I can’t explain how much this charity has done for me, my parents and to my brothers. Imagine finding out that your son (me) is profoundly deaf at 12 months old? My parents didn’t have a single clue how to deal with a deaf baby. This is where The Elizabeth Foundation supported us and gave me the foundation on which I’ve built my life!”
The Red Nose and Spoon Race
During the Red Nose and Spoon Race, two teams take on a series of challenges in the Lake District over several days. Oliver is in the Blue Team captained by BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans (pictured centre in the photo above). They are up against the Yellow Team led by TV presenter Angellica Bell.
As well as videos introducing each of the team members and their charities, BBC The One Show will be showing a series of updates about the Red Nose and Spoon Race in the week running up to Red Nose Day on Friday 18 March 2022 .
Day One update
Day Two update
Day Three update
Day Four update
And the winners were …
How Comic Relief supports our work
Comic Relief currently provides crucial funding towards the costs of The Elizabeth Foundation’s face-to-face services and also our national online support service Let’s Listen and Talk.
You can find out more about the #RedNoseandSpoonRace on the Comic Relief website.
Picture used with kind permission of Comic Relief and BBC The One Show.