Hearing Dog laps up runners donation
Hearing Dog laps up runners’ donation
Hearing dog Dorree lapped up the attention when two runners who completed one of the UK’s biggest athletics events presented a charity with more than £700.
Dorree and owner Howard Hodgkisson, of Solihull near Birmingham, accepted the donation on behalf of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People from Andrew Petford and Adrian Brown, of employment and training experts Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG).
It gave the charity a great kick-start to the year in which it celebrates its 30th anniversary.
For many years employees at Birmingham-based PPDG have been involved with the charity, supporting events, staging fundraising activities, undertaking challenges and sponsoring several dogs.
This inspirational partnership continued recently when Andrew and Adrian took on the challenge of the BUPA Great North Run and raised a fantastic £710 for Hearing Dogs with support from PPDG. The cheque was presented in Birmingham to volunteer Howard Hodgkisson and Dorree by Amanda Allcroft, of PPDG.
Vicky Ryan, Hearing Dogs’ community fundraising manager for the Midlands, said the charity is now calling on people to take up the baton and join this year’s running team in the BUPA Great North Run, on Sunday 16 September, in Newcastle.
The general ballot opens on the 7th January 2012 so enter at www.greatrun.organd if you are successful in securing your own place and would like to run for Hearing Dogs simply contact the charity for a support pack.
However, if you are one of the many eager runners not so lucky in the ballot please do not hesitate to contact us Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have a number of Gold Bond places for runners prepared to pledge a minimum of just £300 in sponsorship, added Vicky.
With no government funding, Hearing Dogs relies on supporters to raise funds. Every penny raised in sponsorship helps to give deaf people the confidence to leave behind the isolation deafness can bring.
“To secure your place please contact us for further information and an application form. But you must be quick off the mark as spaces fill up fast!
“Once you have signed up Hearing Dogs will support you every step of the way. From fundraising and training advice to the chance to visit our training centre in Bielby East Yorkshire to meet some of our hearing dogs in training and a post race reception at the Charity Village with refreshments and sports massage,” added Vicky.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012 – trains dogs to alert deaf people to specific household sounds and danger signals, whether in the home, workplace or in public buildings. These sounds include the smoke alarm, doorbell, cooker timer, mobile phone and alarm clock.
Hearing dogs also wear distinctive burgundy jackets when out in public as a clear indicator of their recipient’s otherwise largely invisible disability.
Since its launch in 1982, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has trained over 1,600 hearing dogs and there are 750 hearing dogs currently in operation across the UK bringing independence, confidence and companionship to deaf people.
To secure your place in the BUPA Great North Run 2012 and for more in formation about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People please contact Vicky Ryan on 07824 329 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PPDG’s total donations to charities and good causes through its award-winning payroll-giving scheme recently broke the £150,000 barrier. Around two thirds of employees are involved in payroll deductions that benefit others less fortunate in the community.