Charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People launched the Great British Dog Walk, their annual regional fundraiser event, in Portcullis House, Westminster. The MPs took advantage of a break to meet some of the hearing dog pups and their recipients, and were shown of how the trained dogs alert their owners to sounds such as the doorbell and fire alarm.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, established in 1982, is a registered charity that trains dogs to make a different in the lives of deaf people across the UK, providing life-changing independence and confidence. The charity is encouraging MPs in their area to spread the word of the Great British Dog Walk, twenty organised walks at National Trust sites in the UK aimed to raise funds and awareness of the charity.
CEO of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Michele Jennings, said, “It’s fantastic to be here in Westminster to spread the word of what we do and more specifically about our Great British Dog Walk events. The walks are starting this weekend, the first on Saturday at Gibside, Tyne and Wear and will conclude on 4 June when we will be back in London at Osterley Park.”
You can find all details about the various walks and purchase the tickets here. All routes are approximately 3km and 8km, so you can pick how much you’d like to walk, and each walker will receive a souvenir. The events will include fun activities for children, plus demonstrations of what a hearing dog can do.
“Hearing dogs alert deaf people to important sounds such as fire alarms, text messages or even their baby crying but they also help by telling them if a Skype call is coming in, or their cooker timer is going off, and lots of other practical things that we all take for granted,” Michele says. “They are also great for making friends! Hearing Dogs make the invisible disability of deafness visible – with their burgundy jackets the public can tell ‘this is a deaf person at the other end of the lead and I need to consider them, by talking directly to them’. Many lovely friendships have been forged through our dogs.”
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