Hearing centres across North Wales have joined forces with Royal Voluntary Service to help raise awareness of age related hearing loss, with generous customers donating £900 to the cause.
It was part of a national campaign called Listen Out, which was run by Specsavers in conjunction with the older people’s charity, to ensure those experiencing hearing loss are supported to get treatment. It follows new research* which identifies that half a million over 75s in the UK are suffering in silence, with almost half of them (40 per cent) being significantly socially impacted by their symptoms, including feelings of extreme isolation and loneliness.
Helping older people to live fuller, safer and happier lives
Throughout August, Specsavers Hearing Centres at Bangor, Caernarfon, Colwyn Bay, Prestatyn, Rhyl and Llandudno raised money for Royal Voluntary Service to help provide practical and emotional support for older people in North Wales suffering from age related hearing loss, to help them live fuller, safer and happier lives.
The events were organised and run by Laura Goodwin from Colwyn Heights, a hearcare professional who works across all the participating stores.
Each store set aside a date during the summer to raise funds for Royal Voluntary Service’s Listen Out campaign. Staff baked cakes, held games and competitions in store, and hosted raffles, with winners taking home chocolates, wine and even a new pair of specs.
Laura Goodwin says: ‘We wanted to help older people in the area who might be suffering with age related hearing loss to continue to live independently at home and feel more connected to their communities, that’s why we have got involved with Royal Voluntary Service’s brilliant Listen Out campaign, to raise funds for this great initiative and really make a difference.’