Volunteer of the Month - May 2018 - Eleanor Jones

Posted by Victoria Leedham

May we wish Eleanor Jones a very happy 80th birthday today and thank her for her kind dedication to volunteering with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People over the last six years.

 Eleanor Jones

After her husband passed away a chance meeting with one of our volunteer puppy socialisers opened the possibility of the companionship of a dog would bring, whilst also the camaraderie of becoming a part of the volunteer family. Finding herself living on her own, Eleanor readily admits that what she has given to the charity has been repaid tenfold in how her life has also been enriched.

Nerys was the first dog lucky enough to be cared for by Eleanor and since then she has been providing short-term cover for dogs of varying sizes from Golden Retrievers to Yorkshire Terriers, from Labradors to Shitzus - all at different stages in their Hearing Dog careers be that dogs-in-training, respite care for working dogs, retired dogs and demo dogs – she’s a real allrounder!

Danni Whitty from our Welfare Department explains: “Eleanor is a super Fosterer who we really value. Often, she is available to help out at very short notice providing emergency cover for dogs at the very last minute, without her we would have been really stuck on more than one occasion. Several of the dogs she has looked after have health issues which have required careful management or important medication to be administered and Eleanor has always taken great care in doing so. She does a fantastic job at looking after every dog by welcoming them into her home and helping them to feel settled and relaxed. I am personally really grateful for everything Eleanor does and hope she knows how appreciated she is not just by me but everyone in the Welfare Department and, more importantly, all of the dogs she has looked after too!”

Since joining us, Eleanor has undertaken various volunteering roles in her reliable and modest style from supermarket collections to coffee mornings she’s both organised and attended as a Speaker. Karen Smith, Assistant Welfare Manager, sums things up nicely: “Eleanor is one of our quiet and unassuming volunteers who is always ready to help out without seeking the spotlight, however, let’s say a huge Hearing Dogs thank you on her birthday!”

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Victoria Leedham

Hello, I’m Victoria and the Volunteering Manager at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. We refer to our volunteers as the Hearing Dogs ‘family’ and really mean it; hopefully some of my blog posts here will explain why!

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