Hearing Dogs for Deaf People held a special service at Beverley Minster on Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7-8pm to mark 35 successful years since the charity was founded. The event took place in the lead up to Deaf Awareness week and celebrated the life-changing work that hearing dogs do for many deaf adult and child recipients.
The Hon. Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister, The Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, and Mrs Gill Drewry, The High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire were in attendance along with many local Town Mayors and their Deputy’s. Many of the Trustees of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People attended as did Chief Executive, Michele Jennings who welcomed the congregation and included a special thank you to everyone who has helped and supported Hearing Dogs through its successful 35 years.
There were performances by ‘Music in Motion’ signing group and ‘Hymers Junior School Choir’. Both choirs sang and used British Sign Language through their performances to ensure everyone could join in. There was a hearing dog demonstration and a speech from a local hearing dog recipient about how her hearing dog has changed her life. The service concluded with a blessing from the Reverend Gareth Atha, the Vicar of Beverley Minster followed by light refreshements.
Eileen Botterill Community Fundraising Manager for Hearing Dogs said “We were thrilled that so many civic dignitaries, recipients, volunteers and supporters across the region joined us to make this celebration such a success. Almost 400 people came to the Minster to help us celebrate how Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have made such a positive difference to the lives of so many deaf people and their families. Hearing dogs provide deaf people with independence, confidence and companionship, which helps relieve the stress, isolation, loneliness and depression that deafness can bring.
Hearing Dogs will be holding a number of Celebration Events throughout the year, details of which will feature on the Hearing Dogs website www.hearingdogs.org.uk”.