A profoundly deaf man and his hearing dog have finished a three-month journey, completing all ten of the Great British Dog Walk events in aid of national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Richard Carr, aged 49 from Cheshire, has been profoundly deaf since birth. In 2013, Richard was partnered with his hearing dog Cameron, who alerts him to important sounds such as the doorbell, alarm clock, and fire alarm.
Starting the challenge in Scotland back in March, Richard completed all ten walks with his faithful black Labrador by his side every step of the way. The duo trekked all over the UK, visiting ten beautiful National Trust sites and meeting a host of celebrity supporters along the way.
The final walk was held on Sunday, and the pair have raised over £2,500 for the charity that changed Richard’s life.
“Before I had Cameron, life was tough. Being deaf always makes people less confident in life as there are so many pitfalls and challenges in your path, but Cameron has removed those barriers.
“Having a hearing dog has changed my life, and Cameron brings confidence, contentment and fulfilment to my life. We’ve loved every minute of the Great British Dog Walk, and hope that the funds raised will help change the lives of more deaf people like me.”
The Great British Dog Walk saw over 1,900 walkers and their four-legged friends take part. The charity, which receives no government funding, hopes the three-month campaign will raise over £25,000.
To find out more about Hearing Dogs for Deaf people, click here.
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