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Jamie became a Trustee of Hearing Loss Cornwall because he wanted more people with hearing loss to gain access into Adult Education. "I have to cope with Crohn’s disease, hearing loss and Tinnitus and have discovered that too many people don’t understand people with hidden disabilities. I am able to listen to people and help them if needed and understand the needs of deaf people and enjoy helping others".
Previously Chairman for several years, Robert was the first Deaf Trustee of the previously named Cornwall Deaf Association back in 1989, and became the first Deaf chairman in the Deaf Association's history. Robert also represented the Cornwall Community Deaf Centre for many years until it nominated its own independent Trustees. "With the help of Hearing Loss Cornwall, I successfully campaigned for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust to put an entry phone system at the entrance area of their hospitals. I realised how disadvantaged d/Deaf people were, at being unable to gain entry to hospitals at night time".
Richard works as a Laboratory Manager in Plymouth. His interest in deafness arose because his second son, Alexander, now working as a Clinical Psychologist in London, has had a significant bilateral hearing impairment since birth and uses two hearing aids. Richard is also a Churchwarden and a member of the diocesan support group for Rev Canon Debbie Harvey's chaplaincy work.
In her day job, Sarah works in local government and she joined the Trustees a few years ago. Her interest in hearing loss has grown through caring for elderly relatives with dementia who have developed severe hearing loss in later life.
Janet runs her own business in Pool Market selling greetings cards, gifts and confectionery having worked most of her life in banking and insurance. Janet has always enjoyed working with the public and has helped her local community acting as a Special Constable for the Police and a member of the St John Ambulance Brigade. Janet enjoys the outdoor life and currently volunteers as a walk leader and co-ordinator for the “Walking for Health” group in the St Stephen area.
Mervyn originally trained as a social worker with Deaf people and worked in many social care settings, most recently as manager of Cornwall Council’s Sensory Team. “I was instrumental in setting up the original BSL interpreter service in Cornwall. I have watched, with interest, as it has developed and grown. The interpreter service is vital in ensuring that Deaf people have equal access to services and maintain their independence.”
Now a retired teacher, Liz was diagnosed with 70% hearing loss at the age of 40 and then suddenly lost her remaining hearing. She believes that it is vital that those who are losing their hearing have a support network to which they can turn as, in the sound based world, loss of hearing is very isolating and life can become very lonely.
After a forty year career in Healthcare Management and Occupational Therapy, latterly specialising in Adult Social Care for adults and Forensic Psychiatry, Rachel retired as Associate Director of Therapies and returned to Truro. She is now active in various fitness pursuits and sits on the board of a local Housing Association.
After obtaining a first degree and a PhD in Physics, Richard trained in Medical Physics and spent his career working in the NHS. He was head of the Medical Physics Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske from 1991 until 2010 and since retiring from full time work, he has done some consultancy work for the NHS and a private company which helps design hospitals.
The Medical Physics Department at Treliske was involved in the calibration and repair of audiometers and RF hearing aids for the NHS and the County Audiology service. He also has personal experience in specifying Assistive Technology Systems for clients with severe physical disabilities. Richard was also a Trustee (Board member) of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society from 1997 to 2006 and Chair from 2001 to 2004.
‘Sarah Newton is the local Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth elected in May 2010. Her work in Parliament has seen her stand up for improvements to Cornwall’s public services that have historically been underfunded. Sarah is passionate about helping the most vulnerable in our society and also those who look after them. “Loss of hearing affects many of my constituents and I have seen how it devastates the lives of those with the condition. I am proud to support the fantastic work of Hearing Loss Cornwall and I often meet people whose lives have been improved as a result of this charity’s fantastic work.”