Hearing Link fundraisers' stories
Calling all runners, slimmers, coffee drinkers, cake makers, parachutists and others with fundraising talents. We need your energy and enthusiasm!
Organising a fundraising event is a great way to raise much needed cash for Hearing Link, while also meeting new people and having fun. We can provide you with ideas for fundraising and support materials and help organise your event.
Take a look at some of our fundraising stories - and be inspired to contact us today. Thank you!
78 year old skydiver
Stewart risks all for Hearing Link
For someone who retired at the age of 65, thirteen years ago, our Vice President Stewart Simpson continues "to grow old disgracefully" (his words). Some eight months after retirement at the end of 1999 he was diagnosed as having cancer. An operation followed and two years later he ran his first marathon (London) at the age of 67 raising money for Cancer Research UK.
He and his wife Valerie have travelled widely since retirement, though she did not go with him when climbing Kilimanjaro, walking the Inca Trail, and visiting Mali - including the fabled city of Timbuktu.
Now aged 78 he has just completed his most daring venture to date - a tandem Skydive from 12,000 feet. The first 7,000 feet were freefall reaching speeds of 120 mph with the parachute opening at 5,000 feet and a relatively tranquil glide down to earth. Watch Stewart's video. (So sorry, no subtitles).
Ask him why he should do such a thing he replied "I've long been impressed by Hearing Link and been involved with the organisation as a member of the Board, as Chairman, and now as Vice President. I just wanted to help."
Stewart went on to say how much he enjoyed being involved. "With so many Hearing Link fund-raising initiatives on offer the Skydive attracted me most. It was, and is, a chance to raise funds for Hearing Link and to gain greater recognition of the work it does. I hope others will feel encouraged to do likewise - though not necessarily to Skydive!''
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Now you see it - now you don't
Andrew raises £165 for Hearing Link
Former Hearing Link employee and volunteer, Andrew Goodwin, raised £165 for Hearing Link by growing his moustache. The ‘tache was cultivated to an impressive 12cm before finally getting the chop.
Andrew explains his motivation 'Deafness is not as sexy or as headline grabbing as say, cancer or heart disease, but it is just as devastating. Those of you who know me will remember the horrendous time in 2002 when I woke up suddenly and profoundly deaf.
The truly remarkable people at Hearing Link brought be back from the brink and gave me the chance to lead a ‘normal’ life.'
Shake, rattle -
and the £ rolls in
Could you leave a Hearing Link collecting box at your local pub, newsagent, lipreading class, supermarket, anywhere where people are likely to drop in a few coins. As they say, every little helps! firstname.lastname@example.org