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Actress, Sally Phillips and BGT winner, Lost Voice Guy headline 2019 Shine a Light Awards

British Comedy Treasure, Sally Phillips joins Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley, to lead line up for the 2019 Shine a Light Awards. 


British comic actress and writer, Sally Phillips, has been revealed as the host of the 2019 Shine a Light Awards taking place in London on Thursday 21st March 2019. 

Oragnised in partnership with The Communication Trust, the seventh Shine a Light Awards will celebrate the hard work and determination of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The awards also seek to recognise the incredible contributions of teams, schools, settings and individuals across the UK who champion innovative work and excellence in supporting children and young people's communication development.


Sally Phillips head shot

Sally, who starred in three Bridget Jones films and The Decoy Bride, is a mother of three boys. In 2016, Sally fronted acclaimed documentary A World Without Down’s Syndrome? about her eldest son, Ollie, who was born with Down syndrome.

Hosting the 2019 Shine a Light Awards is an absolute privilege for me. The nationwide shortage of speech and language therapists has meant I have seen for myself the huge difference expert intervention and support provides for children, like my son Olly".

 - Sally Phillips


Sally will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley (also known as the Lost Voice Guy) who will be performing at the award ceremony. Lee has cerebral palsy and uses alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), via voice software on his iPad, to communicate and express himself. Lee Ridley Head shot

My disability doesn’t rule my life and I will never forget my English teacher who told me that I can achieve my dreams. It is so important to celebrate those all around the country who are supporting children and young people with any kind of speech, language and communication difficulty to realise their dreams too.

- Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy)


2019 Shine a Light Awards categories:

  • The Katie Rough Memorial Award
  • Early Years Setting of the Year Award
  • Primary School of the Year Award
  • Secondary School or College of the Year Award
  • SEN School or Group of the Year Award
  • Child / Young Person of the Year Award
  • Youth Justice of the Year Award
  • SLCN Innovation of the Year Award
  • Communication Champion of the Year Award
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Journalist of the Year Award - New!

Entries/nominations are still open for the Shine a Light Awards. Applications close at 11:59 pm on 20th December 2018.

Eligible to: all UK schools | Teams | Individuals | Young people | Speech and Language Therapists | Journalists/Media| Parents/Family members |Celebrities/ Politicians|Headteachers/ teachers. 

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