David Parkinson, Elizabeth Ward with 'Noah'
and Elyse Mercer from Lagan Valley Rotary Club
LISBURN Hearing Centre has urged local people
to donate used stamps towards its efforts to help a charity that
trains rescue dogs to become potentially lifesaving 'four legged
'Hearing Dogs' act as assistants and companions
to profoundly deaf people by becoming their 'ears'. They are
highly trained to alert their owners to everyday sounds like the
telephone, doorbell and cooker timer.
Importantly, these super intelligent canines
also warn their human companions of any dangers such as smoke or
fire alarms and other emergency sounds. A spokesperson for
Lisburn Hearing Centre said the dogs became faithful friends and
offered comfort and companionship to their owners The dogs also
wear burgundy jackets when out to let other people know they are
"A profoundly deaf person may have lost
confidence and feel they cannot face the world, but by having
this friend and companion the person receives a boost in
confidence," a spokesperson said.
"You can help by donating your used postage
stamps which will be converted into money for the charity.
"Christmas is the best time of year to collect stamps because of
the extra mailing. You can leave your stamps at Lisburn Hearing
Centre in Bachelors Walk, Longstone Post Office and Smile Dental
Surgery in Sloan Street.
"The stamps will then be sent to collectors
all over the world and all the monies for this will go to the
The Centre hopes to raise around £5000 - the
cost of training a hearing dog - and the spokesperson "said
people taking advantage of its free hearing test were being asked to make a small donation.
"All the proceeds from this will go to the
Hearing Dogs Charity. For every hearing aid we dispense we will
make a donation to the charity on the person's behalf," he
A Hearing Dog recipient must be over 18 and
needs to be a dog lover who is able to take on the expense of a
four legged friend including maintenance, grooming and vet
bills. Dogs are regularly inspected by representatives of the
When Lisburn Hearing Centre obtains a dog it will run a
competition in which people will be asked to guess its name.
The correct answer will win the entrant a
small prize. Each name selected will cost £1 and every donation
will go to the charity's funds.
Visit web sites
www.lisburnhearingcentre.co.uk, or contact the Hearing
Centre's office for further details, telephone 9264 0302.
' Hearing Dogs" Irish representative,
Elizabeth Ward, is based in Londonderry where she works as a
She recently visited the Lisburn Centre with
her hearing dog 'Noah' and her friend Linda. She said she really
appreciated the 'benefits, companionship and friendship' that
Noah gave her.
During her trip to Lisburn Elizabeth received
cheques for her charity from David Parkinson of Lisburn Hearing
Centre and Elyse Mercer from the Rotary Club of Lagan Valley.
She wished the Centre well for its collection and said help
from the people of Lisburn would be really appreciated.