Specsavers in Harlow recently held a coffee and cake fundraising event during Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May). The aim was to raise £100 to sponsor a hearing puppy who will transform the life of a deaf person, however Specsavers Harlow flew past that target, raising an impressive £450.77 for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity!
Some VIP visitors
Customers and team members received an extra special visit to the store on the day from hearing dog Rosie and her owner Joan who came in to help raise awareness for the charity.
Anita Ramdoss, hearing director at Specsavers Harlow, says: ‘Hearing dogs are always so popular with our customers so we were thrilled that Rosie was able to join us for our Paws for Coffee day, she made a really big impact on raising awareness on the day.’
Anita added: ‘Everyone in store was really keen to raise as much money as possible, and all involved worked really hard to promote our fundraising day. I am extremely proud of the team for their efforts, and delighted the money raised is going to a really important cause.’
Prizes galore raise extra funds
To raise money the team at Harlow donated a goodie basket, which people could purchase raffle tickets to win. The store also sold toy hearing dogs as well as cakes donated by the team.
Coinciding with a milestone anniversary
This year, Specsavers and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are celebrating a special milestone – a 10-year partnership – that has helped change the lives of thousands of deaf people. The charity trains dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss, including the doorbell, alarm clocks and fire alarms.