New employees at Specsavers help Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Posted on March 05, 2019
Author: Sam Reed

Specsavers has donated more than £1,000 to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People through its virtual coin system that allows new recruits to donate to charity.

The optical and audiology business asks everyone who completes induction training to choose from three charities to support using the virtual coin. The business then makes real money donations to the chosen charities.

Gill Palfrey-Hill, Director of Global Talent, Resourcing & People, at Specsavers said:
‘Our scheme to allow employees to select a charity to donate to has been a great success and we have given thousands of pounds to charity since it started in 2016. We’re delighted to make this donation to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People so the charity can continue its work which makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives.’

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals providing independence, confidence and companionship. A spokesperson from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People said the money raised would go towards supporting people once they have hearing dogs, as well as sourcing and breeding puppies.

‘We are extremely grateful for Specsavers’ support, which will allow us to continue to help thousands of deaf people,’ they said. ‘Deafness can be a very isolating disability. A hearing dog can give a deaf person a newfound sense of independence and confidence once they have a loyal companion and a true friend by their side.’

The online induction is completed by new starters in Specsavers stores and offices across all the countries it operates in. Employees help to make a donation to Hearing Dogs, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) or Sightsavers by completing the module.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People received £1,185 this time around, while £925 was donated to VAO and £590 to Sightsavers.