Staff at the audiologists in Greenock marked National Deaf Awareness Week by welcoming a hearing dog into the store to help raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Staff and customers at Specsavers in Greenock, in the Oak Mall, were joined by Ginger and her owner Neil, who wanted to raise awareness of the work of Hearing Dogs.
Sponsoring a puppy
Customers also had the chance to help the store raise £100 to sponsor a Hearing Dog puppy.
The funds will go towards training – with the puppy then being paired with a deaf person to support them in their everyday life.
Speaking about the importance of sponsoring a puppy, Michelle Jennings, chief executive of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said: ‘With the number of people with hearing loss in the UK set to rise significantly in the future, it is crucial that we can meet the ever-increasing demands for the life-changing benefits of hearing dogs.
‘By sponsoring a puppy through donations from the “PAWS for coffee” event, we can achieve our 2020 vision to increase the number of hearing dogs partnerships we create by 10 per cent year on year.’
Highlighting hearing loss
Store director Lesley Brown, added: ‘We had a fantastic week highlighting hearing loss and the superb work Hearing Dogs carries out in our area.
‘I’d like to thank locals for their fantastic response to our fundraising appeal. We are very excited to sponsor a puppy and help change the life of the person it goes on to support once fully trained.’
Specsavers Audiologists and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People celebrated 10 years of partnership earlier this year.
For more information on how to donate please visit: www.hearingdogs.org.uk