Northampton woman taking part in Great North Run for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

From L-R: Hearing Dog Ronnie, Sophie Pettifer, Jemma Martin, Helen Kirby with puppy Ed, Hearing Dog Umble, Emma Myers, Helen Saxby-Hood and puppy Twix.

From L-R: Hearing Dog Ronnie, Sophie Pettifer, Jemma Martin, Helen Kirby with puppy Ed, Hearing Dog Umble, Emma Myers, Helen Saxby-Hood and puppy Twix.

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A woman from Northampton is taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for a charity that helped her father.

Helen Kirby decided to take up the running challenge to raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People after her father’s hearing dog passed away earlier in the year.

Ms Kirby, who will be joined by four of her colleagues from Furniture Village in Bedford, said: “I have seen first-hand how much of a difference these amazing dogs make to their recipients, and when I heard that Hearing Dogs still had spaces available for this year’s Great North Run, it seemed like a no brainer - so I spoke to my team and the five of us decided to run it together.

“These dogs really do lift spirits and we wanted to do our bit to enable more people to experience the difference they can make!”

Ms Kirby said one of the directors of the Furniture Village store was also shaving his beard to raise some funds for the Hearing Dogs charity and other fund-raising events were planned including Where’s Wally in the Warehouse, cakes sales, dress down days and an ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’ experience.

Vicky Ryan, community fund-raising manager for Hearing Dogs, said: “We are really excited that the five-strong team from the Furniture Village have decided to run for us. They are all really enthusiastic about their fund-raising and training and have come up with some fantastic fund-raising ideas to help them reach their target. We wish them all the luck and look forward to seeing them in the Charity Village after the run”

If you would like to take part in the Great North Run for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People contact Vicky Ryan on 07824 329 063 or email vicky.ryan@hearingdogs.org.uk as soon as possible.