The University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service nominated Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as their charity of the year for 2013. Their aim was to raise £5000 so that USAIS could name a puppy. At the end of 2013 it was decided to continue raising money.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity and centre of excellence in training hearing dogs to alert deaf people to everyday household sounds and danger signals in the home, work place and in public buildings.
Around the University various fundraising activities took place, such as a bake-off competition, silent auction, second hand clothes sale and a summer fete. More recently staff members from USAIS and the broader university as well as family members and associated professionals took part in an abseil down the 170 metre Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth (pictured right).
As a result of these efforts, by September 2014 the team officially raised a grand total of £8163.88.
A black cocker spaniel puppy born on 10 August 2014 has now been named ‘Ace’. Thank you to everyone who has supported this cause.