WORLD record breaker and champion charity fundraiser, Tom Lackey is one of the five national finalists in the Sound Barrier Star Awards.
The sprightly pensioner’s story of triumph over adversity has already impressed the competition judges who recognise achievement in the deaf or hard of hearing.
Tom is nearly 90 and holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest man to do a loop the loop while strapped to an aircraft and the oldest man to wing walk across the Channel. Since his wife Isabelle died suddenly in 2000 and despite suffering a stroke four years ago, he has raised £1.25m for charities including The British Heart Foundation and Acorns Children’s Hospice.
The competition is run by Specsavers’ hearing centres in association with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Tom is delighted to be part of it. He said: “I can’t believe that I’ve been chosen to be a national finalist. I’m really looking forward to attending the grand final. Having a hearing loss hasn’t held me back and I’m really proud to be part of this competition.”
Stephen Spencer, store director at Specsavers Hearing Centre in Solihull, nominated our local hero for his charity work and insatiable zest for life. Jenny Smith, a trustee of Hearing Dogs for deaf People, said: “We learn of some really inspiring stories from the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Sound Barrier Stars is a great opportunity to find these unsung heroes.”
The final will take place on Thursday, Septmber 17 and the winner will be given a two-week all-inclusive cruise and £1,500 in vouchers from Specsavers.