9th July 2013 – Pedal challenge for hearing dogs
Audiology manager Andy Smethurst is using pedal power to raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Andy, aged 44, of Accrington, is joining four friends to complete a coast to coast cycle ride in three days to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday – but also to boost the charity’s funds.
They will be starting in Blackpool on Monday 22 July and finishing in Bridlington following the 170m Way of the Roses route.
Andy, deputy audiology service manager for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, bought a new bike and has been training since the end of March.
He said: “I haven’t done anything like this before – in fact I’ve not had a serious bike ride for over 20 years – so this will be a challenge. My goal is to raise a minimum of £170 for this ride – which is £1 per mile cycled.
“Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a charity close to our hearts in audiology and they are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year.
“Deafness can be very isolating and a hearing dog can offer people with hearing problems more independence, confidence and companionship. The dogs are trained to alert deaf people to everyday sounds such as smoke alarms, telephone ringing, and alarm clocks.”
The audiology team at Airedale collects used stamps for the hearing dogs. Last year around £7,900 was raised across the UK for the charity. It costs £45,000 to cover the overall lifetime costs of a hearing dog and this service is free to all hearing dog recipients.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Andy can do so through www.justgiving.com/wotr40challenge.