Tasha Ghouri will split half of her Love Island winnings with a deaf charity (Picture: ITV/Instagram)
The 23-year-old model and dancer is among the first batch of sexy singletons headed into the Majorcan villa for series eight and is set to make history as the show’s first-ever contestant with impaired hearing.
Should Tasha manage to storm the show and take home the £50,000, she wants to help a charity close to her heart.
‘If I did win the prize money, it would be a shock,’ she said. ‘My plan is that I’d give 50% of it to the National Deaf Children’s Society. That’s been the plan from the start.
‘I have raised money for charity before, so it’s something I’d love to do to give back.’
The 23-year-old model is heading into the Majorcan villa to find love (Picture: ITV)
Tasha plans on saving the rest of her winnings (Picture: Instagram)
Tasha added that she’d bank the rest of the winnings and save them for future purchases. Sensible, right?
This year’s Love Island has been praised by Royal National Institute for Deaf People for its inclusion of Tasha.
‘Our charity and supporters are really pleased that another major TV show is featuring a deaf contestant,’ a spokesperson for the charity told Metro.co.uk.
‘Representation matters and, as Rose proved on Strictly Come Dancing, this can make a massive difference to the public’s understanding.
Tasha is Love Island’s first-ever deaf contestant (Picture: Instagram)
‘And let’s hope the new season of Love Island is always shown with subtitles so that people who are deaf or have hearing loss get to enjoy the show like everyone else.’
It’s been confirmed that Tasha, who has a cochlear implant, won’t require an interpreter during her time in the villa.
Cochlear implants provide a sensation of hearing to people who have permanent, severe to profound deafness, and cannot hear the full range of speech sounds with standard hearing aids.
They are made up of two parts, with one side clipped behind the ear or to clothing, and the other side is surgically implanted.
Sound is picked up by the microphone worn on or near the ear on the external processor.
Love Island returns Monday at 9pm on ITV2.