National Deaf Children’s Society news

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Our event at Parliament in 2018. We took families and deaf young people to talk to MPs about tackling the funding crisis in deaf education.

Thanks for making a difference to deaf children

We value your opinions and always try to act on the information you give us – whether that’s through our membership survey, one of our polls, or an evaluation of an event.

Your views make a real difference – here’s how:

You put pressure on the Government

In October, thanks to you answering some quick questions about your child’s audiology service, we made a brilliant piece with Channel 5 News. This highlighted what you think the biggest problems are, and what the Government needs to do to improve them.

You fought for deaf children’s rights

In November, we asked you about cuts to deaf education. Your incredible response made Channel 4 News, The Guardian and Times Educational Supplement. We took your answers to the Minister responsible and argued for more money for deaf children’s education.

You kept us on track

In our 2018 membership survey you told us what matters to your family and how you think support for your child can be improved. We’re focusing our efforts on what’s important to you – including fighting for better services, campaigning for local authorities to provide radio aids and planning for a careers campaign.

Look out for our 2019 membership survey, which launches on 6 February. It’s another chance to set the agenda – so please don’t stop sharing your views.

Taking a break…plus Staines 10K

Staines 10k looming nearer and I am running for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). This run and one in the summer for CLAPA will be my last fundraising for this year as I am going to take a year off.

It is getting harder and harder to raise funds and I don’t like to keep asking the same generous folks and pestering the same wonderful bands & authors who have kindly donated signed items.

Still I aim to go out with a nice decent sum raised for both charities and as ever any help much appreciated.

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2013 

Training and the Staines 10K

Good to see the Staines 10K on Sunday May 19th has nearly reached its 600 entrants maximum and raised over £400 for charity through entrance fees. I am running and raising funds for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

I am doing a couple of runs per week at the moment although the warmer weather does tend to entice me out more. Yes I freely admit I am a fair weather runner 🙂

Still looking for a half marathon between June and late August. My home town Potters ‘Arf would be ideal but I can’t make that weekend. Any suggestions most welcome.

Hope to have some more signed goodies soon. Have a fair few requests out there and just hoping some respond.

My JustGiving pages are:

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2013 (for the NDCS)

http://www.justgiving.com/rochdale2013 (for CLAPA)

Any help promoting them very much appreciated.

Signed Tom Bromley books for charity

Thanks to author Tom Bromley there are three signed books of his raising funds for CLAPA and the NDCS:

‘Wired for Sound: Now That’s What I Call An 80’s Music Childhood’ bid here

‘All In The Best Possible Taste: Growing Up Watching Telly In The 80’s’ bid here

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The third book on one hit wonders will be online soon. Having read all  three books I can highly recommend them, so you get a great read plus you help a charity at the same time. Thanks again to Tom Bromley and do pop along to his website http://www.tombromley.co.uk/

I am also working on getting signed items for the Stoke City £150 fundraising (to tie0in with the club’s 150th anniversary) for the two charities. I am aiming to raise £150 for CLAPA & the NDCS through these signed Stoke City related items. Any contacts for Stoke players past and present gratefully received.

Signed Ainsley Harriott photo raising funds for the NDCS

Thanks to TV chef legend Ainsley Harriott for donating a signed photo raising funds for the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society). You can bid on it here

More signed goodies soon 🙂

In running news I have signed up for my first race of 2013 with the Staines 10K on Sunday May 19th. This one I will be running for the NDCS and then I plan to do another 10K in July for CLAPA and then all being well a half-marathon in August/September time.

I am also looking at getting some sigend items related to Stoke City FC who celebrate their 150th anniversary this year. My idea is to raise at least £150 from related Stoke City items for the two charities.

Dante Fox goodies raising funds for CLAPA & NDCS

BIG thanks to Dante Fox for kindly donating two CD’s and t-shirt. You can bid on them here:

CD for CLAPA

CD & t-shirt for NDCS

The running is going okay, I tend to do one to two runs per week over the winter and then ramp it up in February/March time. I am very grateful to anonymous donations on JustGiving for my fundraising for CLAPA. Truly humbling and now means over £400 has been raised for CLAPA 🙂

 

John Mitchell guitar lesson & lunch raises £370

An excellent start to my year of fundraising for the Cleft Lip And Palate Association (CLAPA), as the guitar lesson & lunch with John Mitchell of It Bites finished at £370. Big thanks to John Mitchell for kindly donating his time for this and all the It Bites fans who bid on this, including the lucky winner.

You can buy It Bites excellent new single ‘Cartoon Graveyard’ on download now.

More charity auctions soon for both CLAPA and the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society) including some signed goodies from Dante Fox and a special treat for one of their fan’s at next April’s HRH AOR festival. More details soon.