Kerry makes a difference

Kerry Downes
Kerry Downes
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A former Pocklington School pupil has been providing support for deaf children in Africa.

Kerry Downes, 27, who now works as a specialist audiologist in St George’s Hospital in London spent three weeks in Sierra Leone back in November with charity, Sound Seekers.

Kerry, whose parents live in Driffield, said: “Sound Seekers is a UK based charity who provide hearing aids and support to hearing-impaired children across Africa.

“There is very little audiology in Sierra Leone and my role was to implement a pathway for infants and children admitted to intensive care units to have their hearing tested, and be rehabilitated if they had lost their hearing following certain diseases - such as malaria and meningitis.

“My project involved training individuals to diagnose hearing loss in infants and children, and offer support and amplification, but the charity has projects all over the developing world.”

The audiologist was so moved by her experience that she is now training to run the London Marathon on 13 April in a bid to raise £2,000 for the charity.

Kerry added: It was such a great experience and I’m now in training for the London Marathon for the charity.

“I’m desperately trying to raise £2,000.

“My trip to Sierra Leone highlighted the incredible work that Sound Seekers do and how necessary it is for it to continue. Any money donated will go towards helping hard of hearing children in numerous countries.”

To support Kerry in her challenge visit her Just Giving page at: