Devon County Council supports Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

PUBLISHED: 12:05 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 June 2010

HEARING Dogs for Deaf People has received a cheque for £1,116.85 from Devon County Council staff.

HEARING Dogs for Deaf People has received a cheque for £1,116.85 from Devon County Council staff.

The presentation was attended by staff that had supported the fundraising effort as well as Hearing Dogs and their socialisers, and fully qualified hearing dog Daisy and her owner Vonnie Trustcott. Fundraising activities across the county council were organised during Deaf Awareness Week (6 - 9 May) and included cake sales and a "dress down" day.

Added to funds raised in December by Devon Ensembles and more recently at The Mix youth music festival, it takes the total raised by staff for the charity to more than £1,500.

The aim is to raise £5,000 over the course of the year to cover the cost of training a hearing dog.

Heather Barnes, director of personnel and performance, who handed the cheque to the charity, said: "We're now looking to work with the charity in our community leadership role and our aim is to build on this link as an employer.

"Everyone who has donated money or helped with the fundraising efforts has been very generous and we hope we can rely on that support continuing."

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity that selects and trains dogs - mostly from rescue centres - to respond to specific sounds which hearing people often take for granted, such as an alarm clock, doorbell, a baby crying, and smoke alarm.

Instead of barking, the dog alerts the deaf person by touch, using a paw to gain attention and then leading them to the sound source. For sounds such as a smoke alarm and fire bell, the dogs will lie down to indicate danger.

Margaret Rogers, South West regional fundraiser for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said: "We're absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Heather, Natasha, Pauline and all staff at Devon County Council.

"This isn't a one off fundraiser. We're very much looking forward to creating a sustainable partnership and making this a real community effort."

"The charity receives no government funding, so relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to continue helping deaf people and unwanted puppies.

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