Cirencester woman Jackie Gloyn delighted to be finalist in the Specsavers Sound Barrier Awards
A CIRENCESTER woman is ‘delighted’ to be one of six national finalists in awards celebrating deaf and hard of hearing champions.
Jackie Gloyn recently won the regional title in the Specsavers Sound Barrier Awards, an event which recognises the unsung achievements of deaf and hard of hearing champions. She has since progressed to the national finals.
Jackie was nominated for the award by Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) Jenny Hopkins in recognition of all her efforts and fundraising to support deaf and hard of hearing people.
The 67-year-old is profoundly deaf and gets by with a cochlear implant, meaning she is able to work and live independently.
She is a trustee for GDA and has single-handedly raised money to start Cirencester Deaf Children’s Club and Cirencester Hard of Hearing Club.
“I was pleased and surprised to reach the nationals,” said Jackie. “I would be absolutely amazed if I won. There are deafer people who struggle much more than me who deserve to win.”
Jackie goes out of her way to help others with similar struggles yet she is also a governor for Kingshill School, a district organiser for Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, and has raised thousands of pounds for various charities.
“When you’re deaf, you are limited. I couldn’t go to the theatre anymore or the cinema. But it’s much better to focus on what you can do than lamenting on what you cannot do.”
“Jenny has been very supportive and she will be my guest at the ceremony. It’s exciting. The event has been done much bigger than I thought it would be.”
Jackie attended the awards ceremony in London earlier this week where she was treated to an overnight stay in the Ruben’s hotel and an evening meal.
The Sound Barrier Star will win a week-long villa holiday for two people in the Mediterranean with flights included as well as a £1,500 hearcare voucher from Specsavers.
Jackie explained the hearcare voucher would not be useful for her as the products available to purchase with it would not work with her implant. She has instead decided to donate it to the GDA members would benefit from it more than her.
*Jackie recently got in touch to let us know she had a wonderful time at the awards despite not winning the finals. She summed up the trip as "lovely people, great hotel, good food and plenty of wine!"
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