CHILDREN have dressed up as African wildlife to help people with hearing problems in developing countries.
Specsavers Hearing Centre in Chichester welcomed families to the store for an African-themed event to raise money for Sound Seekers.
The charity helps people – especially the young – who are deaf or hard of hearing, in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Children made a donation to transform into African wildlife at the store’s pop-up face-painting stall. Other activities included a competition to pinpoint Malawi, where the charity works, on a map of Africa.
There was also a raffle held in the shop which was supported by numerous Chichester businesses.
“We’re thrilled to have raised this vital cash for Sound Seekers with the support of the community,” said Ellie-May Hilsdon, an audiometrician at Specsavers Hearing Centre Chichester.
“Living in the UK, we’re lucky to have access to robust hearing services, but overseas charities like Sound Seekers are providing vital care to those less fortunate.
“Thank you to everyone who supported the event and gave so generously to this wonderful cause.’
Raffle prizes on the day came from Crabtree and Evelyn, L’occitane, Q Hair and Beauty, Patisserie Valerie, Whitby’s Imagining Centre, Champneys and Bill’s restaurant, while the competition winner took home a pair of Specsavers’ designer glasses.
The World Health Organisation estimates there are 360 million deaf people in the world, with 80 per cent living in the developing world.
Sound Seekers works with organisations in developing nations to deliver sustainable projects.
Their work aims to advance the understanding of deaf people’s needs and improve their access to health services, education, and social support, while enabling people to avoid or overcome the effects of hearing loss or deafness.
To make a donation to Sound Seekers. visit the Specsavers store in East Street, Chichester, call 01243 533 350 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/chichester-hearing