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Alan’s dogged determination to help deaf people
12th August 2016

Fundraiser Alan Lawrenson, from MedicAnimal, the UK’s largest online pet healthcare retailer, has taken part in a gruelling 100-mile charity run with the added challenge of experiencing the run with induced deafness.

The 29-year-old, who has pledged to raise £10,000 for Hearing Dogs For Deaf People by running more than 700 miles this year, will have gel moulds fitted into his ears by Specsavers Audiologists, Edgware Road. The moulds will inflict up to 70% hearing loss, which will render him hard of hearing for 30 hours.
Alan then went on to undertake the 100-mile North Downs Way 100 run, which started in Farnham, Surrey.

The challenge is part of Alan’s quest to help raise awareness of deaf issues for the charity, which trains dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds they would otherwise miss such as the doorbell, telephone, fire alarm and baby monitor.
Alan, from South Shields, heard about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People when he started working with animals through his job at MedicAnimal. Immediately, he noticed the difference a trained hearing dog could make to a deaf person and decided he wanted to do as much as he could to help.
Before the challenge, he said: “I’m incredibly nervous about this particular run. Even with many miles under my belt this year already, it’s a completely different challenge and I know it will be testing. It’s an important charity and I hope this experience will give me and show others what they can do to support and raise awareness for this great cause.”

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