Allington W.I. June Meeting and Update.

Sheila Browne and 9-month-old black Cocker Spaniel dog called ‘Cooper’ visited Allington WI and gave us an extremely interesting and informative talk about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, which
relies solely on donations, puppy sponsorship and gifts in wills to continue transforming the lives of deaf people. Cooper was adorable, full of life and extremely lively – everyone found him

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has been through an incredible journey to get to where they are today. In 1982 it was co-founded by Dr Bruce Fogle MBE and Lady Beatrice Wright. Every year
since, Hearing Dogs has grown in number and size, and today they are helping thousands of deaf people across the UK. Their main office and training centre is The Grange, Saunderton,

Hearing Dogs wear a burgundy jacket to show they are working, so keep your eyes open for them.

Clever dogs trained to help deaf people

That’s what they do in a nutshell – train dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss – such as the smoke alarm, alarm clock, cooker timer, door bell and even a baby’s cry. Being aware of these – thanks to a hearing dog – makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives, and can even save them. Also, Hearing Dogs learn to understand sign language.

Hearing dogs help deaf people reconnect with life

Clever canines do so much more than alert their partner to sounds. Deafness can be a very isolating disability. A hearing dog provides lots of love, companionship and emotional support. This is really important as many of the deaf people who go to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People for help have felt very lonely and isolated. Their amazing dogs help deaf adults and children leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life. Dogs are known for their loyalty and love and these valuable traits are seen in a hearing dog every day.

Hearing dogs have even saved lives

As if this wasn’t enough, hearing dogs have saved countless lives in their important role; fire
alarms sounding at the dead of night, alerting them to the shouts of a loved one who is in peril, even saving their deaf partners from potential car thieves!

A lot of time and thought is put into matching a hearing dog with a deaf person

A hearing dog and their deaf partner need to be carefully matched to ensure the partnership will work well. So many things need to be taken into consideration – for example, whether a person lives in a big city or tiny hamlet, whether they have cats or other pets that a dog would need to get to know, what their individual needs are, what their social life, work life and family life are like, how active they are, and many other things. They then need to assess which dogs they have in training, what their strengths and weaknesses are, what they like and dislike, what their personalities are like, and which dogs would be the best match for different people. They take the matching process very seriously to ensure they get it right, and create partnerships that will last.

Sponsor a puppy, support or volunteer for Hearing Dogs

Further information about Hearing Dogs can be found at:
To sponsor a puppy – email:
Contact for volunteer opportunities – email:

Outing to the International Bomber Command Centre

On Thursday, 20th June, some of our Members enjoyed an outing to the International Bomber Command Centre, in Lincoln – the only place in the world where the devastating losses of the Bomber Command Unit, during World War II, are commemorated. It certainly makes you very thankful for all of those who gave their lives so we can live freely today. The Guide was very
interesting and informative, showing us the Spire Memorial and Peace Gardens. Also, enjoyed refreshments, including a slice of scrumptious cake!

July Meeting

3rd July – 7.30 for a 7.45 pm start, at Allington Village Hall – Charles Garland – Dad’s Army – How a TV sitcom is created. Open meeting – All visitors are most welcome to attend at a fee of £5.00.

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