Charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People launched their annual regional fundraiser event, the Great British Dog Walk in Portcullis House, Westminster yesterday.
MPs took a brief break after Prime Minister’s question time to meet hearing dog puppies and watch a special demonstration of how the trained dogs alert their owners to sounds such as the doorbell and fire alarm. They also met hearing dog recipients Sophie, Vicky and Richard.
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. Hearing dogs has relied on the generosity of individuals and businesses to partner over 1,000 hearing dogs since its inception in 1982.
Michele Jennings CEO of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People 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.
“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.
“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.”
Adults can buy tickets to their local walks on greatbritishdogwalk.org children go free.
About Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to household sounds and danger signals such as the doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm – providing life-changing independence and confidence. Hearing Dogs provide a national service and no charge is made to recipients. Find out more at www.hearingdogs.org.uk.