Prep raises £6000 for hearing dog for the deaf
9 Jul 2013
Pupils at The Perse Prep School are naming a special puppy that will be trained to change the life of a deaf person, thanks to the School raising £6,000 for charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
The Perse Prep Parents’ association, along with the School, nominated Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as their charity of the year last September and has since organised a series of activities to raise funds, including a Christmas Fair and a family quiz night. Collections were held at School drama and music performances and pupils held sponsored activities.
The £6,000 raised will help to purchase a special puppy and deliver its training, starting with initial puppy socialization with volunteers (from eight weeks to 12-14 months of age) before moving onto sound work training at one of the charity’s two Training Centres. Hearing dogs are trained to alert deaf children and adults to important household sounds and danger signals such as the alarm clock, doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm – providing independence, confidence and valuable companionship to the deaf person.
Pupils at The Perse Prep School have been asked to select three girls’ and three boys’ names for the puppy, each with two syllables as this makes it easier for the dog to hear its name. The final name will be chosen once the dog has been selected and The School will receive photos of the puppy and a birth certificate, and will be kept up to date about its training progress.
Gareth Jones, head of The Perse Prep School said: “We are very pleased to have raised funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, an incredibly worthwhile charity of the year, and it has been great for the children to learn more about the work of hearing dogs.
“Fundraising for charitable causes is very important to us and it is fantastic to once again see the whole school get involved, with support from the staff and pupils and the generosity of our parents. We’re all looking forward to finding out the final name of the puppy and keeping track of its progress”.
Gill Yeates, fundraising manager at Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, said: “Hearing dogs provide independence and confidence to deaf people and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness that deafness can often bring. With one in six people in the UK affected by hearing loss, demand for hearing dogs is greater than ever. This money will help to change the life of a deaf person and we are enormously grateful to The Perse Prep School and everyone involved in raising this wonderful donation”.