Specsavers’ fund and awareness boost to Hearing Dogs charity

Pictured are (from left) David Parsons, Moria Fotheringham with Rory, and staff members Catie Morris, Caryn MacKenzie and Jayne Smeaton.
Pictured are (from left) David Parsons, Moria Fotheringham with Rory, and staff members Catie Morris, Caryn MacKenzie and Jayne Smeaton.

Forfar’s new Specsavers Hearing Centre played host to a four-legged friend recently when staff organised a fund-raising day for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Rory the Black Labrador was brought into the Castle Street store by Hearing Dogs representatives Moira and Gordon Fotheringham to give customers and staff an insight into the vital role dogs can play in the lives of those with hearing loss.

The store helped to raise funds for the charity on the day with £1 being donated for every test on the Hearing Centre’s new touch-screen hearing screener.

Overall, staff raised £116 for the worthwhile cause.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity and centre of excellence in training hearing dogs to alert deaf people to everyday household sounds and danger signals in the home that are specific to them as well as in the work place and in public buildings. A hearing dog can also change lives by relieving isolation and loneliness while offering increased independence, greater confidence and a feeling of security.

Launched in 1982, the charity has created more than 1,600 life-changing partnerships between deaf people and hearing dogs in the UK.

There are currently more than 750 working partnerships in the country.

David Parsons, hearing director for Specsavers Forfar, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Rory, Moira and Gordon in to the store and we’re delighted to be able to pass on our donation.

“Hearing Dogs can be a real lifeline for people who suffer from hearing loss – the difference these wonderful animals can make to a person’s day-to-day life is incredible. We are very proud to support the vital work the charity carries out.”