Lions’ dedication

PUBLISHED: 07:15 15 November 2013

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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

Exmouth


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