Donation helps Hearing Dogs for Deaf People spread the word
Posted Sep 15 2009 10:35pm
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has welcomed a donation of more than £40 000 from Qualcomm Incorporated, which will pay for the training and care of a working hearing dog and expand the network of speakers who give talks about the Charity.
Hearing dogs are trained to assist deaf people in their awareness of sounds such as alarm clocks, doorbells, crying babies and smoke alarms. Hearing dogs can offer practical alternatives to technical equipment, with the added benefit of giving the recipient increased independence, greater confidence, companionship and a feeling of security. Since the launch of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in 1982, more than 1500 hearing dogs have been partnered with deaf owners.
The donation will pay for the training and upkeep of a working hearing dog, and also provide financial support to the Hearing Dogs’ speaker programme, which works to raise awareness of the Charity and help educate its volunteers nationwide.
Jenny Moir, from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, says “This fantastic donation will make a huge difference to the support and resources we can offer our speaker network as well as allow us to recruit more much-needed volunteers to help spread the word about the work of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. The donation will also support one of our working hearing dogs, allowing us to select and train more dogs for the future. We are excited about our partnership with Qualcomm which we very much see as an ongoing relationship.”
Managing Director of Qualcomm UK, John Caterer, says “Hearing dogs provide tremendous benefit to deaf people’s lives. We wanted to help them by investing in the programme to have an immediate impact on training, and enabling the Charity to purchase new communication tools. The donation will also bring long-term benefit by helping the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity grow and provide assistance to people in need in the years to come."