Pick up those running shoes and raise funds for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in a major event later this year. The charity, based a Saunderton, is inviting people to apply for a place in this year’s Great North Run, one of the world’s most popular half marathons, in Newcastle on Sunday, September 11. To help participants get fit, Hearing Dogs is offering a number of exclusive Gold Bond places and a high level of support from the moment you sign up to the day you cross the finishing line and beyond. Lucy Ward, community fundraising manager for the North East, said: “I have been involved in the Great North Run for a number of years and it is a really inspiring event. I am always overwhelmed by all those people running for causes close to their hearts and the fantastic atmosphere! We have a limited number of places for this year so the sooner you apply the better.” The charity supports the running team every step of the way offering fundraising advice before the event, a warm welcome, refreshments and a professional sports massage on race day. Runners are also offered the chance to meet and greet some of our amazing hearing dogs with a behind-the-scenes tour of head office in Saunderton.
Steve Haines, who completed the Great North Run in 2015, said: “The run went really well and the spirit of comradeship and help for others is obvious throughout the race from start to finish. The staff at the end were great. Always willing to listen to us chatter about our race experience. It was also great to meet a recipient at the end of the race, demonstrating the reason we’re there in the first place. It’s good to help and make a difference.” Highly trained hearing dogs alert deaf people to important sounds like the telephone, smoke alarm and door bell, while also providing confidence and companionship, which can relieve the stress and isolation deafness can bring. To secure your place in the Great North Run 2016 and for more information about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People contact your local community fundraising manager Lisa Bishop on 07769 901305 or firstname.lastname@example.org