If there was ever an excuse to invite dogs in to our Leightons branches, what better reason that for charity? On this occasion, it was an adorable cuddly toy version visiting Leightons Thatcham in a fundraising opportunity for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, which is one of the 2016 Leightons Foundation charities.
Leightons Thatcham had their own hearing dog for the day, ready for a new home with one lucky winner. On a mission to find the perfect name for their hearing dog, they hosted a competition for their visitors in Thatcham to come up with a name recommendation, with the best one taking the pooch home!
And Leightons Thatcham have donated the total £39 raised to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Deafness can be very isolating. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to help make a real difference to the life of someone who is deaf. They can pick up and alert the person to sounds we take for granted, such as an alarm clock, doorbell or even a fire alarm. As well as performing potentially life-saving tasks, they provide companionship and a chance for independence for a deaf person.
As well as training dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People put a great deal of time and effort into ensuring that the type and breed of dog is a perfect match for the needs and lifestyle of the individual they’re partnered with. It costs £40,000 to train and support a hearing dog through their lifetime, so they are heavily reliant on donations from supporters.