As the country bids farewell to 2012, national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is marking the end of an incredible year with a very special legacy of its own – naming an entire litter of puppies after key figures who have ‘inspired a generation’.
Following on from Lord Coe’s wish that the London Olympics would leave a lasting legacy, Hearing Dogs – who in 2012 celebrated their 30th anniversary – asked its staff to create its own legacy by naming new four-legged arrivals after key figures from the past 12 months.
Those commemorated in the litter, who will potentially go on to change the life of a deaf person, include puppy ‘Bolt’ – after the Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, ‘Bond’ – marking 50 years of James Bond films, ‘Jess’ – after heptathlon star Jessica Ennis, and ‘Ellie’ – named after the Paralympic swimming sensation Ellie Simmonds.
Meet ‘Jess’ named after Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis. Photo credit: Paul Wilkinson Photography.
The Charity – who receive no government funding – hopes the public will create their own 2012 legacy by sponsoring the litter, helping to fund their journey to become a fully-fledged hearing dog of the future.
Once placed with a deaf person, hearing dogs not only alert them to a variety of everyday sounds – such as the alarm clock and door bell – but they also help to remove the isolation and loneliness that deafness can often bring.
To sponsor the litter, text ‘HDOG12’ followed by your amount (e.g. HDOG12 £10), to 70070. Or go to www.hearingdogs.org.uk/donate to find out more.