A Specsavers audiologists in Ross-on-Wye invited locals to pause for thought on Friday 19 May and come in store to enjoy a cup of coffee in the name of charity.

Staff at the store showed their support for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People by hosting a fundraising day named PAWS for a coffee, raising £60. Local residents were invited to treat themselves to a cup of the hot stuff and a sweet treat in exchange for donations.

Deaf Awareness Week

The coffee morning took place on the store’s shop-floor, and was run in conjunction with National Deaf Awareness Week (15 May to 21 May).

‘It was a simple but enjoyable way to help Hearing Dogs and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came down to show their support,’ said audiologist Peter Lyons. ‘When we heard about the event we were really keen to support it and who doesn’t love a cuppa and a piece of cake!’

The aim is to try and raise money towards sponsoring the training of a hearing dog puppy. Once completed, the dog is then being paired with a deaf person to support them in their everyday life.

Sponsor a puppy

Speaking about the importance of sponsoring a puppy Michele 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.’

Michele added: ‘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% year on year.’

Specsavers Audiologists and Hearing Dogs For Deaf People celebrated 10 years of partnership earlier this year.

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