Hearing dogs charity gets cash boost from Rotarians

Members of the Rotary Club of Market Weighton hand over a cheque for �637 to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Members of the Rotary Club of Market Weighton hand over a cheque for �637 to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The Rotary Club of Market Weighton has raised more than £600 in aid of a local charity which supports deaf people.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People welcomed 10 members of the club to the Beatrice Wright Centre in Bielby as a thank you for the £637 donation.

The Rotarians received a talk about the charity’s work and were shown a live demonstration of how the dogs alert to sounds, before they were given a tour around the training centre.

Lucy Ward, community fundraising manager for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said: “We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Market Weighton for their kind donation.

“We do not receive any government funding and rely on the support of clubs such as theirs in the community to fund our life changing partnerships”.

Hearing dogs help provide deaf people with independence, confidence and companionship, which helps relieve the stress, isolation, loneliness and depression that deafness can bring.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains dogs to alert deaf people to household sounds and danger signals such as the doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm.

Since its inception in 1982, it has placed more than 1750 hearing dogs and has around 800 current working partnerships. The charity also has its own breeding scheme.

For more information on their work, visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk or contact Lucy Ward on (01759) 322255.