Members of staff at Specsavers Audiologists in Cannock are thanking local residents for their generosity following a day of fundraising during National Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May).
Specsavers stores across the country showed their support for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People by hosting a fundraising extravaganza that encouraged locals to donate to the cause.
The team pledged to raise £100 to sponsor a hearing dog puppy, but far exceeded its fundraising target, collecting more than £250 for the charity. The sponsorship funds will go towards training two puppies, which will then be paired with deaf people to support them in their everyday life.
Store director Claire Blandford said: ‘We had a fantastic day in store. As well as a raffle, we held a cake sale and a guess the name of the puppy competition. We also invited customers to guess the number of sweets in a jar for a prize.’
‘Hearing Dogs is a wonderful charity, and we were absolutely delighted to welcome volunteers with dogs in during the day. Our customers loved seeing the dogs and chatting with their handlers, giving people a real insight into how these four-legged friends can make a huge difference.’
Speaking about the importance of sponsoring a puppy, Chief Executive of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Michele Jennings commented: ‘The number of people with hearing loss in the UK is set to rise significantly in the future, so it is crucial that we meet the ever-increasing demands for the life-changing benefits of hearing dogs.
Claire added: ‘I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who visited us in store on the day and helped us raise more than £250 for such a worthy charity.’
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