A charity which trains dogs to help deaf people is appealing to the public to dig deep and help raise £15,000 to buy a new van before time runs out.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, based on the outskirts of Princes Risborough, desperately need a new ‘pup-mobile’ to replace theircurrent van which is so unreliable, it has left people and dogs stranded on several occasions.
The van has clocked up 122,000 miles and is used to transport people, puppies, dogs, the display team and equipment to vet appointments, road shows and more.
The charity has set up a page on national website Crowdfunder.co.uk, and has just 17 days left to hit its target with only just over £4,000 so far.
Depending on how much people donate, they will receive a gift ranging from certificates and a cuddly hearing dog toy, to centre tours, quiz nights, company away days or their name printed on the new van.
The current van is too small for purpose so staff often have to take a second vehicle, which means more money on fuel and more wasted time.
The new van will be multi-functional so it can fulfil the needs of the training team, display team and dog welfare team.
Specially-trained hearing dogs work in partnership with deaf people, providing them with security, independence and confidence.
The charity aims to help more deaf children and adults each year – and have created 140 new partnerships this year alone – while continuing to support the 960 that already exist.
The organisation receives no funding and therefore relies on the sole generosity of its supporters. Visit the Crowdfunder site here.