My name is Jess Curtis and my brother James was born with profound bilateral hearing loss. James started therapy with the founder of AVUK Jacqueline Stokes in her kitchen in Oxford before the charity even existed.

Since the evolution of AVUK, I helped with the set up of the London office by donating my toys and books and helping to clean the new offices and start it up when I was very young.

I have advocated for AVUK on many occasions by giving school assemblies and nominating the charity to be the recipients of funding. My most recent contribution was when I raised money by challenging myself to trek to the Base-camp of Mount Everest. Through this I also had the opportunity to raise the profile of the charity.