Help deaf with a hear­ing dog

Po­lice join forces in change life cam­paign

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By An­drew Jack­son an­drew.jack­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THAMES Val­ley Po­lice has teamed up with char­ity Hear­ing Dogs for Deaf Peo­ple this Christ­mas by en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to spon­sor a hear­ing dog puppy.

The Change a Life, Spon­so­raPup­pyChrist­mas cam­paign in­vites the pub­lic to spon­sor a hear­ing dog puppy for a loved one this Christ­mas.

The char­ity re­ceives many re­quests from deaf peo­ple ev­ery year for a hear­ing dog due to the life chang­ing ben­e­fits a part­ner­ship can bring. Puppy spon­sor­ship plays a key role in the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of this vi­tal ser­vice and Thames Val­ley Po­lice were­de­lighted to lend their support to the char­ity’s im­por­tant Christ­mas fundrais­ing cause.

Claire Davis, po­lice com­mu­nity support off icer said: “We are de­lighted to

(Above, from left) PC Gary Churchill, PC Heather Blake, PCSO Claire Davis and PC Andy Ralph with Tam­sin and Anya hear­ing dog pup­pies; (be­low) PCSO Claire Davis with Anya spon­sor a puppy and it was great to meet hear­ing dog pup­pies Anya and Tam­sin at the po­lice sta­tion.

“Any­one can spon­sor a hear­ing dog puppy as a gift for a loved one, and the best part of this Christ­mas present is that you will also be chang­ing the life of a deaf per­son.”

Each hear­ing dog puppy goes through 18 months of train­ing to learn to re­spond to sounds such as the alarm clock, door­bell and smoke alarm.

Once fully qual­i­fied, that hear­ing dog will go on to trans­form a deaf per­son’s life by of­fer­ing life-chang­ing in­de­pen­dence, con­fi­dence and com­pan­ion­ship.

The pub­lic can spon­sor hear­ing dog pup­pies Merry and Berry from just £3 a month and each wel­come pack in­cludes a cer­tifi­cate, gor­geous pho­tos, and other ex­cit­ing gifts.

Spon­sors donat­ing £5 or more per month will also re­ceive a cute and cud­dly soft hear­ing dog toy.

To find out more about spon­sor­ing a puppy, visit www.hear­ing­dogs.org. uk/puppy or call Hear­ing Dogs for Deaf Peo­ple on 01844 348 100.

For pho­tos of the spon­sored pup­pies with the po­lice, mil­i­tary per­son­nel, sports stars and celebri­ties visit www.get­bucks.co.uk.

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