Tenth Anniversary Event
About this time of year in 2008, Action on Hearing Loss (RNID as they were then) held an information day in the aforementioned Botanic Gardens in Singleton Park. It was a more normal summer day that year – filthy wet, dismal and very muddy. Alison, at that time working for RNID, was looking after their stand and talking to the very few who made it that far. Doug was one who did, nagging away about the lack of lip reading classes. Alison, in desperation (?), suggested that we start a small group, have a meeting and see where it gets us.
The first meeting was in November and was attended by about 10 people with hearing loss. This was felt to be useful and regular monthly meetings started soon after. We had a lot of support from RNID – especially Alison – and by Spring 2009 a monthly newsletter was being produced. Some of these are on the Archive section of the website. Several of the original members are still active though the group has grown to the present number of over 50.
We have had a lot of support from both Action on Hearing Loss and the Singleton Hospital Audiology Department. We have also helped the University with some of their research over the years.
Only in the last 3 years have we had funding from the Big Lottery to enable us to arrange outings and a Christmas lunch and party. The future of the group has now been secured as a result of a large legacy from the estate of Peter Howard.
You committee felt a celebration was needed. This was held on the afternoon of Wednesday 19 September in the Guildhall and was successful in that over 50 people attended including the Lord Mayor, David Phillips and local MP Carolyn Harris. More detail is in the October newsletter.