The annual Hearing Dogs Awards was a star-studded event which saw a whole host of inspirational people and their dogs come together to celebrate wonderful hearing dog partnerships. PetsPyjamas was privileged to attend and help raise awareness and money for this fantastic charity.
PetsPyjamas was honoured to attend the 2014 Hearing Dogs Awards which took place at the glamorous 8 Northumberland Avenue in the presence of HHR The Princess Royal. The evening recognised some of the incredible life-changing partnerships between hearing dogs and their owners and showcased the unbelievable work that Hearing Dogs for Deaf People do.
Lots of incredible celebrities joined the event with the evening hosted by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People ambassador Tim Vincent. Other guests included Britain’s Got Talent stars Ashleigh and Pudsey, actor John Barrowman, actress Ali Bastian and presenter Esther Rantzen. However, the main attraction were the gorgeous and ever so cuddly hearing dog puppies Ayla and Acorn who were a bit hit with the PetsPyjamas team.
On the evening guests were treated to films of each of the finalists who demonstrated the unique difference a hearing dog can make to deaf person’s life by providing life-changing companionship, independence and confidence. All the finalists had inspirational stories and unique bonds that made their journey worth celebrating.
Eleven-year-old Max Norris from Essex and his hearing dog Chloe were the winners of the Life-Changing Child Partnership of the Year Award. Max was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome – a rare cranio facial disorder which resulted in the middle part of his face not forming properly. Max was born Deaf with no cheek bones and closed ear canals, and only slight pieces of skin for ears. Max was given his first hearing aid when he was just a 10-week-old baby.
In February 2013, Max received his hearing dog Chloe. Not only does Chloe alert Max to sounds he cannot hear, but she also helps alleviate the loneliness and isolation that he felt for so many years. When out in public, people don’t stare at Max any more as they focus on Chloe in her Hearing Dogs jacket and want to learn more about what she can do, which helps with Max’s self-confidence.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People do not receive any government funding and rely solely on donations, so the evenings silent auction which saw the charity raise over £6,000 in just a few hours, was greatly welcomed.