Let’s hear it for dogs
Just how much noise can a group of children make when given encouragement this festive season?
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People want Driffield youngsters to help them find out by raising sponsorship for some sort of noise related event.
Hearing dogs alert their deaf recipients to those everyday sounds we take for granted such as the alarm clock, door bell or baby cry, and danger signals such as the smoke alarm as well as giving greater independence, confidence and companionship.
In 2008, Hearing Dogs began a ground breaking project to determine if deaf children could benefit from the profoundly life-changing experience that a hearing dog can bring. It was well documented that for an adult a hearing dog can improve confidence, relief the stress, isolation and anxiety that deafness causes. Could a hearing dog do the same for a deaf eight year old child? The answer was a very positive ‘yes’.
Lucy Ward, Community Fundraising Manager , said: “Now we all know that children love nothing more than to make a great deal of noise, especially if they know it will annoy the grown-ups and to capitalise on this, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are inviting groups of children to organise an event called ‘Let’s hear it for deaf children’ to raise funds to train more puppies as hearing dogs for children.
The idea is for the children to be sponsored to make noise, preferably with some sort of ‘doggy’ theme like singing ‘How much is that doggy in the window’ while accompanying themselves with home-made musical instruments such as dustbin lid cymbals, old pots and pans or anything else that will add to the cacophony. With Christmas approaching, perhaps the noise could be singing Christmas carols or playing instruments at a festive party. And of course while not all adults will sponsor children to make as much noise as possible, nearly everyone will pay them to stop
To register your event and receive a fundraising pack full of ideas and advice from Hearing Dogs spokesdog ‘Kurt’ visit www.letshearit.org.uk or call Lucy Ward on 01759 322255 or e-mail: email@example.com
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