Kirky canal doggie walk aims to help deaf people

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A Kirkintilloch audiologists is launching a fundraising drive in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Staff at Specsavers in Kirkintilloch will take part in a sponsored dog walk on August 13 which will leave from Kirkintilloch Canal and finish in Bishopbriggs.

The store is hoping to raise a three figure sum to help sponsor a hearing dog puppy.

The funds will go towards training a puppy which will then be paired with a deaf person to support them in their everyday life.

The branch is also hosting a fun day on August 15 to boost the fundraising total.

A variety of activities are planned to encourage locals to dig deep including a bake sale, tombola and goody bags.

Store director Neil Drain, said: ‘Hearing dogs are such a vital support to many people with hearing impairments.

“We would love to raise enough funds to sponsor one of the charity’s clever puppies who will one day make a huge difference to someone’s life.

“With the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival taking place during our sponsored walk, we thought it would be a great opportunity to combine our fundraising with the chance to complete the walk along Kirkintilloch’s peaceful canal to Bishopbriggs.

“Anyone who would like to make a donation towards our fundraising drive can pop by the store.’

Specsavers Audiologists and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People celebrated 10 years of partnership earlier this year.

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