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Jackie through to final six

Jackie beats other regional finalists to make it through to the grand final of the Specsavers Sound Barrier Star Awards 
Jackie Gloyn, 67, from Cirencester, has been chosen as one of the six national finalists for the Specsavers Sound Barrier Star Awards which recognise the unsung achievements of deaf and hard of hearing champions.
Jackie, who suffers from severe hearing loss and wears a cochlear implant, was selected for her work with a huge number of organisations and charities. Not only is she a trustee of Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) and single handedly raised money to set up the Cirencester Deaf Children's Club (CDCC) and Cirencester Hard of Hearing Club, she has also been a district organiser for Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) organising meals on wheels, been a governor of Kingshill School, is involved with her local branch of the international women's organisation Soroptimist and has raised thousands of pounds for charities including Marie Curie in Cirencester.
Jackie says "I was absolutely delighted when I found out that I'd been chosen to a finalist. To have been picked as a regional winner was a huge surprise in itself so this is even more special. I'm really looking forward to the trip and meeting all the other finalists"
"I'm just about to start some stocking wrapping for 40 vulnerable children which is something I do for Swindon Social Services every year. To be recognised for what I consider to be me just helping where I can and supporting the local community, is a real honour"
The final, which takes place in London later this month, will be hosted by the ambassador Maureen Nolan. The television and pop star admitted her struggles with hearing loss when launching the awards and was fitted with her first hearing aids earlier in the year.
Maureen, 59, says "Hearing loss can have a huge effect on someone's life and raising awareness about it is something that is very close to my heart. These awards recognise the achievements of those struggling with hearing difficulties and celebrate their achievements. I am delighted to be the Specsavers Sound Barrier Star Awards' ambassador and look forward to meeting Jackie at the finals in London"
The Sound Barrier Star of 2013 will win a week-long villa holiday for two people in the Mediterranean, including flights, courtesy of VillaParade. On top of this, they will also receive a £1,500 hearcare or £500 optic voucher from Specsavers.
For further information about the Sound Barrier Star Awards please contact Bethan Simkin on 01242 633100 or for information about Jackie's involvement with Gloucestershire Deaf Association please contact Gemma Sills or Jenny Hopkins on 01452 372999.
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