Girl, 8, learns sign language to surprise deaf delivery driver

A little girl has struck up a heart-warming friendship with her local delivery driver, who is deaf, after she learnt how to communicate with him in sign language.

At least once a week during lockdown eight-year-old Tallulah, from Ashton-Under-Lyne, in Greater Manchester, has seen her neighbourhood Hermes driver Tim Joseph.

Recognising the key work he was doing during the pandemic while staying at home, the little girl drew Tim a rainbow picture at the beginning of lockdown saying ‘thank you,’ which the driver has hung proudly in his van ever since. But she wanted to communicate further with him and decided to learn some sign language.

In a touching video, uploaded by her ‘proud mum’ Amy Roberts, Tallulah is seen greeting a smiling Tim at their front gate and signs to him: ‘Have a good day’.

A surprised Tim beams at Tallulah and in response teaches her how to say ‘good morning, have a good day’ before she signs it back to the driver, who said the exchange ‘absolutely made my day’.

Sharing the video on Twitter, mum Amy wrote: ‘This is our Hermes delivery man, we see him 1 or 2 times a week, start of lockdown Tallulah drew him a #thankyou.

‘He still has it proudly on show in his van, they have built up quite a friendship over these last few weeks #proudmum.’

‘A friendship built in lockdown in a world where you can be anything #BeKind,’ she added.

Tim later told the BBC: ‘Tallulah realised I was deaf and then one day she surprised me when she signed to me, ”have a good day”, I think she must have learnt sign language at school.

‘I was vey happy and I then showed Tallulah how to sign, ”good morning, have a good day” and then she signed it perfectly and it absolutely made my day.’ 

After Amy uploaded the exchange to social media, the post was retweeted and liked thousands of times by people who said thank you and encouraged others to learn how to sign.

Tim said he was ‘very shocked’ when he saw the outpouring of heart-warming messages from well-wishers.

He added: ‘I hope more people learn to sign and we bring more people together.’

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