Deaf News: Can you help? Norwich Deaf man without interpreter for father’s funeral tomorrow

Posted on June 11, 2015

Update: After an amazing response, the man had an interpreter for the funeral today:

It’s been reported by the Eastern Daily Press that a Deaf man from Norwich is without an interpreter for his father’s funeral tomorrow.


David Hall, of St Paul’s Close, Hellesdon, has not been able to find a translator and faces sitting in church not knowing what is being said.

He contacted charity Deaf Connexions in Norwich last week but they were not able to provide him with an interpreter at such short notice.

David, whose father Roy Hall died aged 76 after a three-year battle with lymphoma, said: “It hurts me to hear the news that no one is available for my father’s funeral.

“I won’t be able to hear or follow the service. I have tried to find interpreters from somewhere else but most of them are many miles away from Norwich.

“I also have some deaf friends coming to the service who want to pay their respects.”

The service is at 10am on Friday at St Mary’s Church, on Low Road, Hellesdon.

Sue Moore, manager of Deaf Connexions, said there was a shortage of interpreters nationally.

She said: “There are around 500 sign-language users in Norfolk and only seven registered interpreters.

“Unfortunately we didn’t have anyone out available, but there are people out there who might be able to help David.”

•If you are an interpreter who can help or know someone who can please email

With thanks to Rebecca Atkinson for alerting us to this story.

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