Some of Britain’s most recognisable faces are all set to attend the Hearing Dogs Awards 2011 – a night celebrating some of the life-changing hearing dog partnerships from across the UK.
I’m truly honoured to be presenting an award and will be joined on this special event by celebrities including Matt Baker, Pam St Clement, Esther Rantzen, Rebecca Wilcox, Anton du Beke, Meg Mathews, Martin Roberts, Erin Boag, Larry Lamb, Luther Blissett, David Bellamy and a host of others.
It’s sure to be an emotional night with accolades including Life-changing Hearing Dog of the Year, Heroic Hearing Dog of the Year, and Team/Dual-purpose Hearing Dog of the Year set to be unveiled at the awards.
Hearing dogs provide a life-changing level of independence, confidence and companionship to their deaf recipients by alerting them to important household sounds and danger signals in the home, at work and in public places. These include the alarm clock, doorbell and smoke alarm – sounds hearing people often take for granted.
Each hearing dog also helps to bring a visibility to their recipient’s deafness thanks to the burgundy jackets they wear when out in public. This creates peace of mind for a deaf person who may have previously felt too isolated and vulnerable to leave their home.
There are currently 750 hearing dogs working in the UK. They are placed with deaf people and children from as young as seven to people over 90 years of age.
Click here to read this year’s finalists’ stories.