March 2020:
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a charity which aims to help deaf people leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life.

The charity have Community Fundraising Managers based locally across the UK who work with local fundraising volunteers to help raise money and continue to provide awareness, support and care for deaf people in the area who already have hearing dogs and for those who need one.

It costs £40,000 to train a Hearing Dog, and due to not receiving any government funding the charity is reliant on the generosity of the public to ensure that they can continue to change the lives of deaf people for the better.

Due to deafness being an invisible disability, it can be hard for people to recognise someone who is hard of hearing. There is also a lack of education on how to spot certain signs, and to put someone hard of hearing at ease.

It creates a real sense of isolation and loneliness for deaf people and this is something that Hearing Dogs and our combined charity Hearing Link are aiming to ensure that deaf people never have to feel alone again.

Our Hearing Dogs help by alerting their owner to important sounds such as a doorbell, and lifesaving sounds such as a fire alarm. They are also their constant companion by helping them to regain the confidence to reconnect with their friends, family, people in the community and life.

Rachel Annetts Community Fundraising Manager - SE London, Kent & Sussex

Tel – 07435 964466

Charities to be supported 2020

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergency
March Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August The Primrose Trust
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December The Maypole Project

Charities supported in 2019

Month Charity  
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu  £753
March Guide Dogs for the Blind £543
April / May Christian Aid £948
(May / June The Parish Fete) £4557)
July / August Friends of St. Giles £320
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust £482
October Poverty and Hope £722
November CRISIS £623
December Welcare in Bromley £988
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £5379
Total for 2018 £6171

2019 once again saw many different charities supported. The issues associated with each charity were raised for consideration by the congregation. We are very grateful for all those who have worked so hard to sponsor a charity, and for all the people who have contributed to the various collections. The Farnborough Bake Off raised an additional £1287 for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Eddie Roberts

This is Amelia’s story

Hi! I’m Amelia. I’m 14 and I’m severe to profoundly deaf. I was diagnosed at the age four and a half, that’s when I started wearing Hearing Aids. I can lip read and use BSL (British Sign Language).

I’m very grateful that after a few years wait I was partnered with my Hearing Dog ‘Scamp’ in December 2018. Now my life has changed for the better. Before I was lonely, isolated and suffered severe anxiety and even though I have a lovely family, they are all ‘hearing’, and as much as they have helped me with everything, they will never understand being deaf. Now I feel like my world has opened and I feel so much more confident with Scamp by my side, knowing he’s always there for me. He alerts me to everyday sounds that I cannot hear, for example, the doorbell, the smoke alarm, the alarm clock, the cooker timer, and when people call me.

When I have a bad day at school I know he’s at home waiting for me. When I have bad nightmares and when I wake, he’s there looking over me. I feel safe sleeping at night now as he alerts me, where before I was frightened if I could not hear someone coming in my room or if there was a fire. Now when I go out with Scamp he alerts me if people are calling me as I cannot hear, or alerts me of traffic.

A lot of people ask me questions as they are interested in what Scamp does. He is my best friend, he is my ears, and I could not imagine life without him.

There are not enough words to thank ‘Hearing dogs for Deaf People’. I’ve been discharged from deaf Camhs (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service) suffering from Anxiety and I’ve been discharged from the pain clinic. My school grades have increased; I’m a Ranger and a helper at Brownies where they call me ‘Fox’. I am hoping to start my Duke of Edinburgh bronze award soon.

Scamp and I met Princess Anne a few months ago at the Headquarters of Hearing Dogs, The Grange, in Buckinghamshire. She’s the patron of Hearing Dogs. I help as much as I can to raise funds for Hearing Dogs. In the summer I did the Great British Dog Walk with my sister and Scamp and raised funds, as well as fundraised in Polhill garden centre. I have also taken Scamp into my school  and with the help of our community fundraiser from Hearing Dogs, I did a talk in assembly, with Scamp by my side. Two years ago I would never have done this.

I also received a Jack Petchy award for completing my silver and bronze partnership awards through Hearing Dogs in less than a year. I’m halfway through my gold, my final award.

I want other children and deaf adults to have the opportunity of having a Hearing Dog/ or sound support dog.

For more information on Hearing Dogs visit:


About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  

There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charities are supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart.   If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with us.

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267


Charity Film Night
The Treasure of Sierra Madre

Wednesday 18th March 8pm
St. Giles Centre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948 American dramatic adventurous neo-western written and directed by John Huston. It is an adaptation of B. Traven's 1927 novel of the same name, set in the 1920s, in which, driven by their desperate economic plight, two young men, Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Bob Curtin (Tim Holt), join old-timer Howard (Walter Huston, the director's father) in Mexico to prospect for gold.  

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood productions to be shot on location outside the United States (in the state of Durango with street scenes in Tampico, Mexico), although many scenes were filmed back in the studio and elsewhere in the U.S.

In 1990, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Charity Film Night:  Judy

Monday 20th April
St. Giles Centre

Judy is a 2019 biographical drama film about American singer and actress Judy Garland. Directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation of the Olivier- and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter.

The film stars Renée Zellweger as Garland, with Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon in supporting roles.

The film follows Judy Garland's career during the last year of her life when she relocated her stage career to Britain. After some initial success for a run of sell-out concerts at the Talk of the Town in London, her efforts eventually stop making progress and even start to worsen due to health issues.