A pioneering businesswoman who was a leading light in the marketing of the first life-saving window lock of its kind in the UK has died.
Deborah Jennings Director of Jackloc, an award-winning Leicestershire firm which distributes its own unique cable window restrictors – originally designed by her father Derek Horne 10 years ago.
She and her sisters Emma Wells and Judith Burrows established a thriving market for the product, building up Jackloc to become a leader in its field and a highly successful international business, with orders from as far afield as Russia, Mexico, Arabia, Malaysia and Australia.
Deborah, who lived in Telford in Shropshire, has died aged 44 after a four-year battle with breast cancer. She leaves her husband Paul, 11-year-old daughter Madeline and 13-year-old-son Jack, who was the inspiration behind the Jackloc name.
Her sister Emma, Director of Jackloc, said: “Deborah was a driving force in the business and an inspiration to all around her, both personally and professionally.
“She was an amazing person and businesswoman. Deborah had a huge heart and would be the life and soul of the party, but she didn’t suffer fools gladly and could be really tough.
“Deborah and I worked hard to create and build a growing market for the Jackloc, which was the first metal cable window restrictor of its kind, and the company has gone from strength to strength.
“We are totally committed to the business and passionate in spreading the word about safety. Although we will all miss Deborah enormously, she has left a lasting legacy and, in tribute to her, we will now throw our emotional energies into driving the business forward.”
Deborah was keenly public-spirited and community-minded, previously having a career with the police in the National Crime Squad, volunteering her time as a magistrate in more recent years and also spearheading charity fundraising events.
Her niece, Kelly Burrows – daughter of Deborah’s sister Judith, who is Senior Sales Executive at Jackloc – now plans to raise funds in Deborah’s memory for the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer by taking part in the London Marathon next April.
Deborah’s funeral service will take place on Monday, 8th October, at St Andrew’s Church, Shifnal, Shropshire, at 1pm. Donations – or sponsorship for Kelly – should be made to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The family-run Jackloc company supplies its unique life-saving lock to improve safety and security in buildings such as care homes, hospitals, schools, hotels, student accommodation and high-rise flats all over the world.
The Jackloc comprises a flexible cable between a window or door and its frame, restricting how far it can be opened. A key releases the cable so it can be opened wider when necessary. They can be fitted to any type of window or door, whether wooden, metal or UPVC.