Charities we support

President Graham Sanderson chose Hearing Dogs for the Deaf as the charity to support for his term of office. Thank you to Cambridge News for the photo

Pam Harper is thrilled to be presented with a cheque for £1,000
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More about Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

12th January 2016 Rotary Club of Cambridge 

If you were one of the 900,000 people in this country who are profoundly deaf, you might suffer from lack of confidence, lack of independence and lack of companionship.

These problems can all be conquered by a ‘hearing dog’, thus transforming the life of the deaf person. Pam Harper from the charity ‘Hearing Dogs for the Deaf’ explained to the Rotary Club of Cambridge how these dogs were trained. Hearing Dogs do not need to be large like Guide Dogs, since their role is to alert the deaf person to something they cannot hear, mainly in the home or workplace,. 

This might be the doorbell or alarm clock. If they need to alert their owner, they are taught to nudge them, usually with their nose. They are even taught to pull the duvet off someone who wont get up ! They are taught to react to voice commands, hand signals and whistles to meet various situations. In particular they can alert a deaf person to the danger indicated by alarm bells in or outside the home. 

The dogs, mainly cocker spaniels, poodles and labradors, are bred specifically for the purpose. At 8 weeks old they go to a ‘socialiser’, whose role is to accustom them to being around people and in social situations, and to take them to normal obedience classes. Then at about 13 months old they go to their specialist trainers. The charity was started in 1982 by the father of Ben Fogle and now has 817 dogs in homes. 

They wear very noticeable purple jackets. The dogs are brought up by volunteers and all costs met by the charity. This is still a small charity and dogs take a while to train, but there is no doubt they can transform the situation for a deaf person, giving them the confidence to enjoy an almost normal life.

Rotarian David Spreadbury

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