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Jane Smith wins The Pride of Essex Unsung Hero Award

We are delighted to announce that former Trustee, Friend, and Volunteer for Hearing Help Essex, Jane Smith, was awarded The Pride of Essex ‘Unsung Hero’ award at a special ceremony at Anglia Ruskin last night. We are beyond proud, and feel extremely pleased to see Jane’s decades of dedication to those who are deaf and hard of hearing recognised in this way.
Thank you for all you do Jane – you are now officially a real life hero!

Jane, has dedicated over 30 years of her life, to improving the lives and health outcomes, for those struggling with deafness, hearing loss, tinnitus, and other hearing-related challenges. This is exceptionally specialist work, which she has delivered, both as a Volunteer, and in a professional capacity, working for local charities and hospitals, over the last 30 years. Jane’s work, has improved the lives of thousands of individuals, and in many cases, helped people turn their lives around, after experiencing sudden, and debilitating, hearing loss, and ear-related illnesses.

Nominator, Sophie Ede, said,

“When Jane retired from the NHS in 2019, she immediately volunteered to help out, at local Charity ‘Hearing Help Essex’ as a Trustee. Jane is kind, humble, and beyond generous with her time. She has worked incredibly hard, to help steer ‘Hearing Help Essex’ through the pandemic, supporting the team of staff and volunteers, to deliver services, to over 5,000 individuals in the last year alone. Jane hates the ‘limelight’ and always shrinks into the background, never taking any credit for her life-changing, and in many cases, life-saving work. She has improved the mental health and wellbeing, of countless individuals, whom without support from Jane would have been left to cope with their unique hearing-related challenges alone.  We think Jane is a real-life angel and hope you do too!”