J Tomlinson helps to support Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

October 24, 2017

J Tomlinson has made an unexpected donation to a member of the public, helping to support a hearing dog charity.

The construction company is currently working on the development of the new Henhurst Ridge Primary School in Burton-on-Trent, which is due to open to pupils in September 2018.

During the preparatory stage of the project, a neighbour to the development, Jan Winter, asked J Tomlinson site staff for some of the wood that would be cut down during the clearing of the site in preparation for the new school. Site Manager, John Lines, provided 1 tonne of cut tree logs, which Jan would then transform into beautiful and unique trinkets using a wood lathe.

Jan’s talent isn’t just a hobby; through the sale of her pens, ornaments and other accessories, she also aims to raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – a charity that she not only volunteers for, but is also particularly close to her heart.

As a speaker for the charity, and having been hearing impaired since birth, Jan understands how critical a hearing dog can be to a person’s day-to-day life. It can cost in the region of £40,000 to train a hearing dog, which includes an average of 16 months of working with a socialiser to prepare the dog for its critical role in working with its assigned recipient. Over 2000 vital hearing dog partnerships have been formed since the charity was founded in 1982, and critical funding helps the charity continue to provide invaluable assistance to those in need.

Dogs are trained to listen out for – and respond to – a wide variety of sounds, ranging from every day noises, such as the doorbell, text messages, or the oven, to danger sounds, such as a smoke alarm. As well as helping their hearing-impaired owner navigate day-to-day activities, hearing dogs also acts as a great source of companionship in what can be a very quiet and isolated world.

Jan commented, “From my very first contact with J Tomlinson, I found understanding, kindness and a very open ear. Their donation of some of the extra wood from the Henhurst School construction site will go a long way in helping me to continue with my hobby, and also fundraising for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. Once again, thank you, and I look forward to seeing the school upon its completion.”

Site Manager John Lines commented: “I have seen, first hand, some of Jan’s work, and it’s fair to say that she is a remarkably talented individual. Whilst working on such a large project, it’s great to get to know some of the local residents – most of whom get to see the progress of the build from start to finish. We are so pleased to be able to donate to a cause that has a vital impact on people across the country.”


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