in Conjunction with
'Hearing Dogs for
Deaf People '
Dogs for the Deaf 'was launched at the world famous Crufts
Dog show in 1982. About 6 years later the name was changed
to 'Hearing Dogs for Deaf People'
who train carefully selected dogs to alert severely or profoundly
deaf people to the everyday sounds that hearing people take for granted,
such as alarm clocks, doorbells, telephones, smoke alarms etc. The dogs
are trained to communicate by touch and then either lead to the sound
source or lie down to indicate danger. Potential owners are carefully
assessed as to the degree of their deafness and desire to look after a
'Warman Leisure Holidays'
commenced raising funds for 'Hearing
Dogs' in the late 1990's with the proceeds from all raffles being
run at the bowling tournaments, being donated to this good cause.
The first cheque for £2500 was presented to the
'Hearing Dogs for Deaf People'
organisation at Warner's
Lakeside, Hayling Island, in
February 2000 - this was
money raised during the preceding two years. As more and more of the
competitors became aware of what the proceeds of the raffles were being
used for, the sales of raffle tickets increased and certain individuals
also began to organise events within their own county in aid of this
charity. As a result further cheques for
similar amounts were presented
in February 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The year 2006
saw over £5000 being raised and as a consequence the sixth
cheque for £2500 was presented early in December 2006. In
cheque for £2500 was presented, making 3 cheques within a 12 month
calendar period. Further funds continued to be raised and in February
Warner's Lakeside, Hayling Island a
further two cheques
to the value of £2500 each were able to be presented from money raised
by our bowlers.
addition a further cheque for £5000
was handed over,
this additional sum being an amount that was given as a donation by one
of the bowlers who regularly attends at our holidays. Since
that time cheques have been presented regularly each February and the total
raised so far is
22 dogs at £2,500 each.
is the 19th and latest dog that is being trained with money raised by
our fund raising.
For several years the 'Warman
Leisure Holiday Charity Team' was assembled from all over the
south of England to travel at their own expense, to play against one of
the counties from which bowlers regularly attend our holidays.
The team has in the past few years travelled to Essex, Kent, Oxfordshire
and Avon to take on our regular bowlers from those counties. At each of these events a considerable amount
of money was raised and added to the funds.
Unfortunately due to the current economic climate these matches have
currently been suspended.
Further information on
'Hearing Dogs for Deaf People'
can be found on their website at:
Our most sincere thanks are extended to all of the
people who have bought and continue to buy, raffle tickets at our
tournaments and to all those of you who make donations, donate raffle
prizes, or sell items, or who organise their own events within their own
counties and add the proceeds to our funds.