Special day focuses on communication
A KENT charity for the deaf held a range of free activities in Ashford for people of all ages with hearing difficulties. Ashford Gateway hosted the events organised by Hi Kent during National Deaf Awareness Week. Lip reading and sign language sessions were just some of the activities on offer. There was also a day specially aimed at youngsters, with deaf students from Christ Church High School bringing in their hearing friends to learn how to communicate with each other. A hearing dog was the guest star of the day showing the students how these speciallytrained pets can help make life easier for the deaf. Hi Kent chief executive John Clayton said the week had gone really well in raising awareness of deafness in Ashford. “Hi Kent would also like to thank County Councillor Derek Smyth, member for Ashford South, for making a Member Community Grant to support deaf awareness week,” he said.
Cllr Derek Smyth and Hi Kent Chairman Clive Reddihough with students Ross Ayling-Ellis, Natalie Eiselp, Shane Coster and Coral Mc Govern with, back, Adam Deakin, Charlie LeBeau, Nathan Loosemore, teacher Sarah Ritson, communications volunteer Karen Gammon and sign language co ordinator Elaine Hylake