‘In­valu­able’ Lynda praised by Hear­ing Dogs char­ity

Work of ac­tive fundraiser in the spot­light dur­ing spe­cial week

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HEAR­ING dog char­ity has cho­sen to say thank you to an ‘in­valu­able’ vol­un­teer as it cel­e­brates Na­tional Vol­un­teers Week.

Hear­ing Dogs for Deaf Peo­ple has high­lighted the work of Lynda McGre­gor from Amer­sham.

Mrs McGre­gor, of Hazell Park, in Amer­sham, is a vol­un­teer puppy so­cialiser for the char­ity and looks af­ter hear­ing dog pup­pies in her own home from the age of eight weeks up un­til 12 to 14 months.

Vol­un­teer­ing manager for the char­ity, Vic­to­ria Leed­ham, said: “Lynda’s com­mit­ment to Hear­ing Dogs over the years has been in­valu­able. Not only has she given up her time to raise and train four pup­pies, but she has also been an ac­tive fundraiser for the char­ity.

“Lynda has given many en­gag­ing talks about her ex­pe­ri­ence as a puppy so­cialiser, and in 2012 she chose Hear­ing Dogs as the des­ig­nated char­ity of the year dur­ing her ten­ure as chair­per­son of Amer­sham Townswomen’s Guild.

“We’d like to thank Lynda and all of our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers in Buck­ing­hamshire for their hard work and com­mit­ment.

“With­out our net­work of vol­un­teers we sim­ply wouldn’t be able to con­tinue our life-chang­ing work to pro­vide hear­ing dogs to help deaf peo­ple.”

This puppy so­cial­is­ing stage is a vi­tal part of a hear­ing dog puppy’s train­ing, be­fore they are then re­turned to the Char­ity’s train­ing cen­tre in Saun­der­ton for a be­spoke sound work train­ing course. Each qual­i­fied hear­ing dog will then be part­nered with a se­verely or pro­foundly deaf per­son.

Mrs McGre­gor said: “I love dogs and to be part of this amaz­ing char­ity that helps peo­ple to change their lives is just the most won­der­ful thing to do.

“I have been vol­un­teer­ing for five years and it has not only changed the lives of deaf peo­ple, but it has changed my life as well.”

Hear­ing Dogs for Deaf Peo­ple is a Buck­ing­hamshire based char­ity that of­fers lifechang­ing sup­port for deaf peo­ple by train­ing dogs to alert their own­ers to im­por­tant sounds such as the door­bell, morn­ing alarm clock and fire alarm.

For more in­for­ma­tion on vol­un­teer­ing with Hear­ing Dogs for Deaf Peo­ple, please visit www.hear­ing­dogs.org.uk/ vol­un­teer­ing, or call 01844 348 100.

PUPPY SO­CIALISER: Lynda McGre­gor and her hear­ing dog

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