Bromley deaf boy stars in film to stop government cuts

PUBLISHED: 12:52 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:16 12 February 2013

Matthew English with Scarlett Johnston, star of BBC Three comedy Pramface.

Matthew English with Scarlett Johnston, star of BBC Three comedy Pramface.


A seven-year-old from Bromley is the star of a new charity video calling on the government to stop cuts to deaf children’s services.

Matthew English has microtia – meaning one of his ears didn’t develop properly so he has to wear hearing aids.

In the new short film, produced by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), he tells former EastEnders actress Scarlett Johnson about the support he receives in school.

Matthew and Scarlett want 100,000 people to sign an e-petition preventing cuts to services such as access to language therapists.

Janice English, Matthew’s mother, said: “If the support wasn’t there for Matthew, he wouldn’t be able to understand his teacher and be part of the class.

“As Matthew has already lost some of his support, I’m worried that, if more of this is taken away in the future, Matthew won’t be able to achieve his full potential.”

To view the film, visit and go to to help secure a debate in Parliament that could prevent the cuts.

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