AN ASSISTANCE dog charity which trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds, is urgently calling for volunteers in Coventry to join a local fund-raising collection.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is holding its biggest fund-raising event, The Paws Appeal, with 100 bucket collections taking place across the UK.
Launching in Deaf Awareness Week (May 2 to 8) and running throughout the month, the charity hopes the campaign will raise funds and awareness of deafness and hearing loss.
Collections for the Paws Appeal are taking place across Coventry and Warwickshire and the charity is urging new and existing supporters to sign up and show their support ahead of the awareness week.
Jan Shally, one of the charity’s volunteer puppy trainers, said: “I jumped at the chance to help at a collection because I want to give back and raise money to help deaf people.
“Hearing dogs can help deaf people to step into another world – one in which they too can feel heard.”
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People relies on donations to continue helping people with hearing loss and has seen an increase in the number of people coming to them for assistance over the last two years.
The charity is asking volunteers to give just two hours of their time to the Paws Appeal to help them raise much needed funds to train life-changing hearing dogs and provide more services to anyone with hearing loss.
Vicky Ryan, community fund-raising manager said: “Help our Paws Appeal in May be a fantastic success by spending a couple of hours at one of our collection events in Coventry.
“You’ll meet other supporters and dogs as well as play a key role in fundraising, gaining new supporters and highlighting just how amazing our life-changing hearing dogs are.
“Our friendly team will make sure you have everything you need to safely fund-raise for us. By participating in our Paws Appeal, you will help us raise vital funds to ensure no one with hearing loss feels alone.”
Visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk/pawsappeal for more information.