Devon Hearing Care has recently raised more than £100 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and one of their team is taking part in a sponsored skydive.
Cerez Doyle, office manager, is taking part in a skydive on Sunday, August 20, to raise money for the charity who provide hearing dogs that can alert their owners to noises such as door bells, the phone alert going off, fire alarms and alarm clocks.
Cerez said every time she thinks about the skydive her “heart flutters”, but thinks that once she is out, she’ll be OK. “Apparently the bravest bit is leaving the plane, and then its amazing”, she said.
One of the Devon Hearing Care’s clients, Kath Hine, has a hearing dog called Elkie.
“I am profoundly deaf”, Kath explained, “I can hear noises with my hearing aid, but without them I hear absolutely nothing. I don’t get on with digital hearing aids, which makes it doubly difficult, but Elkie alerts me to all the sounds, she certainly gives me confidence. She goes everywhere with me and if I haven’t got her, I’m lost.
“I’ve had her since 2007, so she knows all my routines, but she alerts me to all kinds of things that she hasn’t actually been trained to, but she’s picked it up as she goes along.
“She tells me when the postman’s coming - she hears him right down the road about 50 yards or more from the house, or if somebody is about, and companionship, because I live on my own.”
Devon Hearing Care recently held a cake sale on Saturday, July 1, selling cakes made by staff and friends of Devon Hearing Care and raised £135.78.
If you would like to donate to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf in support of Cerez jumping out of a perfectly functional aeroplane, you can visit her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cerezdoyle
You can find out more about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People on their website: www.hearingdogs.org.uk