Henri Toone 18 from Buckinghamshire took in the world’s biggest half marathon the Morrison’s Great North Run in 2015 to help others benefit from having a hearing dog as she has. This year Henri is asking members of the public to go fetch their running shoes and take up one of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’s remaining guaranteed charity places in this inspirational event on September 11.
Henri lost her hearing when she was five years old. It started with a gradual hearing loss but then really dropped off suddenly. She found it very isolating and struggled to sleep at night as she was scared.
However, that all changed nine years ago when she got her Hearing Dog Odi.
Henri says: “I’m proud to say I can’t remember my life before her because it means she has made my life far happier and more memorable”
Henri who took on her Great North Run Challenge with her Dad Nigel says: “It was a long drive and a little nerve wracking but once I got started it was great to see everyone running for good causes. I was very proud of myself and remember smiling for all of the last mile!”
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People support their running team every step of the way by offering fundraising advice before the event and a warm welcome, refreshments and a professional sports massage on race day. They also offer runners the chance to meet and greet some of the amazing hearing dogs.
Whether you run regularly or are a complete beginner, there’s still time to train and run. The charity asks in return for a guaranteed place a £53 registration fee and a commitment to raising at least £300 in sponsorship.
Henri adds: “With every step you make towards the finish line, you’ll be one step closer to changing a deaf person’s life for the better.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People provide dogs like Odi trained to alert deaf people to important sounds like the telephone, alarm clock and smoke alarm, as well as providing confidence and companionship, which can relieve the stress and isolation deafness can bring.
To secure your place in the Morrison’s Great North Run 2016 contact Community Fundraising Manager Lucy Ward on 07769 901292 or firstname.lastname@example.org