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Merlin’s Mission target is doubled to £60,000

Pauline Shepherd and her dog Merlin from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People presenting Oakham Brownies with a certificate for raising �100 for the charity. The Brownies have knitted Merlin a blacket for his retirement.  From left, Freya Bishop, nine, Bryony Stuckey, eight, Sally Herron, nine, Isla Southerington, nine, Pauline Shepherd, Millie Murison, 10, and Alisha Hoy, nine. 
Photo: MSMP111212-026ow

Pauline Shepherd and her dog Merlin from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People presenting Oakham Brownies with a certificate for raising �100 for the charity. The Brownies have knitted Merlin a blacket for his retirement. From left, Freya Bishop, nine, Bryony Stuckey, eight, Sally Herron, nine, Isla Southerington, nine, Pauline Shepherd, Millie Murison, 10, and Alisha Hoy, nine. Photo: MSMP111212-026ow

A team who set out to raise £30,000 at the start of the year to fund three hearing dogs for children have doubled their target.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People launched the appeal called Merlin’s Mission earlier this year to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary. It was named after springer spaniel Merlin who has worked as a demonstration dog for the charity and retired this month.

The team have been inundated with donations and were absolutely thrilled when Melton-based firm Mars community fund donated £1,155 towards the cost of producing a calendar featuring Merlin and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The calendar has been such a success it has sold out.

They have raised so much, they doubled their initial target from £30,000 to £60,000. It currently stands at just over £55,000.

Local area fundraiser Denise Taylor, of Church Street, South Witham, has spearheaded the campaign with her husband John and Merlin’s owner Pauline Shepherd.

Denise said: “The calendar has been a huge success, and we are all so proud of Merlin and all that he has achieved this year in raising funds, and raising awareness about the charity and the work we do in training our dogs to help deaf people, and now deaf children too.”

She also thanked Mars, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and Warners Midlands in Bourne, for making the calendar such a success.

Other recent donations have come from Oakham Brownies, who are pictured above with Merlin and Pauline.

After hearing about the cause, the group held a tombola to raise funds. They also each knitted a square, which was made into a blanket for Merlin to relax on.

 

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