THEY are more than just a man’s best friend – hearing dogs can help alert deaf people to danger in their homes.
National charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has benefitted from a successful awareness campaign in Waitrose, Chichester.
The supermarket has donated £489 through its community matters scheme.
The funds will help train the dogs to become companions for deaf people.
“The money raised will make such a difference,” said Diana Marangos, who is a fundraiser and speaker for the charity.
“It’s fantastic. We don’t receive government support or lottery funding.
“We want to raise awareness for the charity – the dogs offer fantastic companionship as well as help to keep people safe.
“I used to have to sit by the front door if I knew someone was going to call. But I don’t have to do that any more.”
The charity’s hearing dogs are trained to alert deaf children and adults to important household sounds and danger signals such as the alarm clock, doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm.
“The dogs will lie down to alert people to danger,” said Diana.
“They give people so much more confidence to leave the house.”
The charity typically trains labradors, golden retrievers and spaniels.
To find out more about the charity, visit www.hearingdogs.org.ukw.