Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

by ercol on July 18, 2012

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This year is the 30th anniversary of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a charity which provides specially trained dogs to assist those who’ve lost their hearing.  This national charity is based just down the road from us, in Princes Risborough and we were delighted to be invited to join their recent  celebrations.  We were pleased to donate two of our ravenna sofas for their centre.

The day also marked 20 years of HRH The Princess Royal being the charity’s patron.  There was a nice symmetry here, as it was the Princess Royal who opened the ercol factory 10 years ago and so it provided another opportunity for our chairman, Edward Tadros, to meet her (pictured above).

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train  dogs to alert deaf people to important household sounds and danger signals such as the alarm clock, doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm – providing independence, confidence and valuable companionship.

Hearing Dogs was launched at the Crufts dog show in 1982. Since then they have created over 1,600 life-changing partnerships between deaf people and hearing dogs in the UK. There are currently over 750 working partnerships in the country.  You can see more about the charity on their website.

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