PUBLISHED: 07:15 15 November 2013
How sad it was to hear that our Exmouth Lions Club will no longer be.
As a family we are very grateful for all their charitable donations generously given to so many local people – one of them being us.
In the year 1977, our seven-year-old deaf daughter Amanda was given the gift of a new top-of-the-range phonic ear. The cost of this fantastic piece of equipment being £8,000 – which was a lot of money, especially back then.
Unfortunately, Amanda’s deafness was due to me contracting German measles in the early stages of pregnancy.
This wonderful device opened up a whole new world for Amanda; she went from strength to strength.
Nothing held her back and the phonic ear hearing aid was a lifeline, even though it was a large, plastic, bulky box worn on the chest.
It enabled Amanda to enjoy ballet and better still attend Exmouth comprehensive school, which was a bonus. Before that, Amanda went to a special deaf unit in Honiton, which was excellent but a long day.
At the age of 12 the Lions again stepped in, replacing Amanda’s large phonic ear hearing aid with the latest behind-the-ear aid, which was wonderful for Amanda.
The Lions thought now Amanda was becoming a young lady the phonic aid box would be uncomfortable.
It was passed down to another young Exmouth girl, helping her off to a good start in life.
Many years have flown by and my lovely daughter is a married mother with two delightful boys. Ten years ago Amanda was given the opportunity to have a cochlear implant, which has been very successful.
Deafness has never held Amanda back. She has always led a perfectly normal life thanks to having a good start at the beginning of her young life.
So, I’m really saddened that our Exmouth Lions Club has disbanded. Thank you all for years of dedication.
Mrs Linda Hochings
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