Millwall Football Club is pleased to reveal details of its support for ‘Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’ (HDDP) this 2020/21 season.
The charity provide trained dogs to assist those with hearing loss in their everyday lives as well as other services to help deaf people, including support groups and technological product offerings.
The club has committed to helping HDDP with their fundraising efforts over the course of the current campaign and will also strive to raise awareness of their work to Lions fans and the wider football family.
Millwall duo Jed Wallace and Ryan Leonard spent some time learning about the charity’s work on a Zoom call with Sophie Ede and dog Rusty, which you can watch below.
HDDP’s Rachel Annetts said: “Our mission at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is to help deaf people leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life. We train clever dogs to alert deaf people to important life-saving sounds they would otherwise miss, sounds many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm.
“With deafness being an invisible disability, it can create lack of understanding from people, and this can cause extreme loneliness and isolation. By matching deaf people with life-changing hearing dogs we transform their lives by connecting them back into society and making them feel safe, secure and happy. It costs £40,000 to train and care for a Hearing Dog throughout their lifetime, and without the generosity of the public we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do.”
You can find out more Hearing Dogs for Deaf People on their website, where you can also donate and even sponsor a puppy! Click here for more.