Specsavers urges Harrogate residents to give gift of sound

Specsavers is urging residents in Harrogate to come together to support those with hearing difficulties.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 10:43 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 10:44 am
Harrogate Specsavers is asking residents to donate their old hearing devices.

Harrogate Specsavers is working with Sound Seekers, a charity that provides people of all ages, who are deaf or hard of hearing in some of the world’s poorest countries, with hearcare and refurbished hearing devices.

Together, they are asking local residents to donate their old or unwanted devices in store for the Hearing Aid Refurbishment Project, to be reconditioned and reprogrammed for those who need it.

So far, the Hearing Aid Refurbishment Project has distributed more than 1,300 hearing aids to Zambia, Malawi, Cameroon, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Bottswanna.

Robert May, Store Director at Specsavers Harrogate, said: ‘We are so pleased to support this incredible cause. There is no better feeling than knowing that these redundant hearing devices help meet an urgent need to provide some of the poorest communities in Africa with the priceless gift of hearing.’

Tanya D’Souza, Sound Seekers Fundraising and Communications Manager, added: ‘We couldn’t be more thankful for the ongoing support we have been receiving from Specsavers.

"Without the generosity of the people of Harrogate we would not be able to continue our Hearing Aid Refurbishment Project in Zambia and provide so many disadvantaged people in Africa with access to refurbished hearing aids.

Specsavers is now urging its customers not to throw their old hearing aids away and to instead make a real difference to someone’s life.’

Specsavers Audiology has a Sound Seekers drop off box in store at 18 Beulah Street.

For more information about Sound Seekers, visit www.sound-seekers.org.uk