Hearing dog volunteer is rewarded

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A dedicated volunteer from Haddenham has won a special national award recognising her dedication to charity work.

Fiona Daniels won the chief executive’s Special Recognition Award recognising her devotion to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The award was handed out at the Specsavers Hearing Dog Awards 2012 held in central London on October 18.

Fiona saw off competition from dozens of other contenders from across the country to be named as the winner and she was presented with the award by charity chief executive Michele Jennings and Hearing Dogs’ patron HRH, The Princess Royal.

Fiona scooped the prize because of her enthusiasm and commitment to the charity since she became a volunteer there six years ago.

Throughout this period, Fiona has volunteered in a number of key roles including helping puppies learn basic obedience, being a breeding scheme brood bitch holder and volunteering at fundraising events.

In recent months, Fiona carried on her volunteer duties despite facing 
her own battle with 
breast cancer, which required an operation and subsequent chemotherapy.

Charity chief executive Michele Jennings said: “We were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to the event in what is her 20th year as Patron of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

“All hearing dog partnerships help to alleviate the loneliness, stress and anxiety that hearing loss can often bring.

“For 30 years, we have been changing the lives of deaf people right across the UK and it is fantastic to showcase just some of the partnerships we have created with these awards.”

The charity is non-government funded and currently the lifetime cost of a hearing dog costs around £45,000.

For more see www.hearingdogs.org.uk