Sam’s a little star

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A BOY from St Annes has been congratulated by his MP after raising money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Sam Russell, 11, from Lytham, who is severely deaf, organised a “Dreams Can Come True,” pyjama dog walk from Grannys Bay to Park View Playing Fields.

He completed the walk alongside a host of other volunteers and his Black Labrador hearing dog, Ember and was met at the finish line by Mark Menzies.

Mr Menzies, who is a keen supporter of the charity and has attended events in Parliament to help raise awareness of both hearing and seeing dogs, said: “I congratulate Sam on his walk and everyone else who took part.

“He is an impressive young man and has done fantastically well to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Over the past three decades, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has created over 1,600 partnerships giving deaf people greater levels of independence, confidence and companionship.

The Charity’s amazing work sees staff and volunteers train dogs to alert deaf recipients to a range of sounds both at home and in public. Sounds include the alarm clock, doorbell, cooker timer and smoke alarm. In public, sounds include the fire alarm providing further peace of mind to recipients.

Regional fundraising supporters – such as Sam – have helped fund the placement of hearing dogs right across the UK.

Currently, there are over 750 such partnerships nationwide but with hearing loss in the UK on the rise – up to one in six of the population – the Charity is hopeful that the support of events like the ‘Dreams Can Come True’ walks will help to fund the demand for this life-changing service.

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