Five are on the run to help Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Furniture Village staff on Great North Run for Hearing Dogs - from left, Hearing Dog Ronnie, Sophie Pettifer, Jemma Martin, Helen Kirby with puppy Ed, Hearing Dog Umble, Emma Myers, Helen Saxby-Hood and puppy Twix.
Furniture Village staff on Great North Run for Hearing Dogs - from left, Hearing Dog Ronnie, Sophie Pettifer, Jemma Martin, Helen Kirby with puppy Ed, Hearing Dog Umble, Emma Myers, Helen Saxby-Hood and puppy Twix.

Five women who work together are tackling the Great North Run to help the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.

The team from the Furniture Village offices in Ridgmont, led by Helen Kirby, decided to take up the challenge after her father’s Hearing Dog died earlier in the year.

Helen said: “I have seen first-hand how much of a difference these amazing dogs make to their recipients, and when I heard that Hearing Dogs still had spaces available for this year’s Great North Run, it seemed like a no brainer - so I spoke to my team and the five of us decided to run it together. These dogs really do lift spirits and we wanted to do our bit to enable more people to experience the difference they can make.

“The whole of the Furniture Village is behind us and will be helping with our fundraising. One of the directors, Paul Taylor, will shortly be shaving his beard to raise some funds – we will be drawing names out of a hat to see who gets to shave it!

“We are also planning quite a few other events including Where’s Wally in the Warehouse, cakes sales, dress down days, leg waxing and we will be paying to see one of our bosses taste test some pretty horrible things in our own ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’ experience.”

“We are all training hard and have decided that we will be staying together on the day itself and completing it together – in our dog ears and make-up of course!”

The Great North Run is on Sunday, September 13, along a route from Newcastle to South Shields.

Vicky Ryan, community fundraising manager for Hearing Dogs, said: “We are really excited that the five-strong team from the Furniture Village have decided to run for us. They are all really enthusiastic about their fundraising and training and have come up with some fantastic fundraising ideas to help them reach their target! We wish them all the luck and look forward to seeing them in the Charity Village after the run.”

With no government funding, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People rely on people raising funds on their behalf. Every penny raised in sponsorship will help them to give deaf people the confidence to leave behind the isolation that deafness can bring.

Hearing Dogs alert deaf people to specific household sounds and danger signals such as the doorbell, telephone or smoke alarm in the home, workplace or in public buildings. There are more than 950 hearing dogs currently placed with deaf people across the UK bringing independence, confidence and companionship.

For updates on places available for the charity on the Great North Run 2015 contact Vicky Ryan on 07824 329 063 or vicky.ryan@hearingdogs.org.uk as soon as possible.