Students were so moved when Hearing Dogs for Deaf People made a visit to their college – they decided to turn their hands to baking in order to raise money for the charity.
Students from the Level 2 health and social care course at New College Stamford played host to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as part of their creative and therapeutic activities, learning how the charity assists people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The students heard how the charity needed more funds in order to train additional dogs, so decided to fundraise – settling on a bake sale as the most fun option.
They each created a range of delicious sponge and cupcakes, which were then sold around the college in order to raise money.
Student Shannon Fassler, who is blind and hard of hearing, took part in the fundraising event and said it had special meaning for her.
She is hoping the students can arrange a similar activity in the future.
She said: “I really enjoyed doing something so close to my heart. I can appreciate how important Hearing Dogs is to the people it supports. The day was a lot of fun.”
Tutor Chloe Franklin said: “Many of the students had never heard of Hearing Dogs before and were genuinely moved when they realised just how important the charity is to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
“They felt very strongly that they wanted to do something to help, very quickly, and decided that this was something they could turn their hands to within a matter of days.
“Everyone had a lot of fun and the cakes went down a storm around the college. Some found baking easier than others, but we all had a go. I don’t think we did too badly at all.”
Judy Sewell, volunteer puppy socialiser and fundraiser for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said: “We are delighted with the efforts from the students at New College Stamford. The cakes look delicious.
“We are very grateful for their help. The money will be spent on puppy starter kits, which include items such as leads, bowls, grooming kit, beds etc.”
The students raised £100 for the charity.