Work of hearing dogs volunteers recognised

Joyce Kingman

Joyce Kingman

First published in News
Last updated

A York couple have dedicated nearly 20 years of their life to training dogs which have become ears to the deaf.

Joyce Kingman, 64, first volunteered at Bielby-based national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in 1996.

The volunteers care for a puppy for the first year of its life, before the dog is given advanced training.

After the first puppy, Joyce and husband Harry fostered a brood bitch called Chanel and helped to deliver her litters of puppies in their home.

They went on to look after 42 dogs.

Mrs Kingman said: “Volunteering is just so much fun.When you have a puppy, every trip out is a social occasion and everyone wants to come over and make a fuss.”

The charity is celebrating national Volunteers Week next week by thanking its 1,650 helpers.

Centre Manager Rebekkah Barr said: “We rely solely on the support of the public and could not possibly continue without our dedicated volunteers.”

To volunteer visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree