Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne joined forces with MPs and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to launch the Great British Dog Walk.
The walks, taking place at National Trust properties across the country, are raising money for hearing dogs and making people aware of the difference a hearing dog can make to a deaf person.
MPs took a brief break after Prime Minister’s question time to meet some of the hearing dog puppies. They got to see a special demonstration of how the clever dogs alert their deaf recipients to sounds such as the doorbell and fire alarm. They also met hearing dog recipients Sophie, Vicky and Richard.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“This is a brilliant cause, and I hope the walks go well. Hearing dogs bring independence, companionship and confidence, and I learned far more about them at this event.”
Hearing Dogs Chief Executive, Michele Jennings, said:
“Hearing dogs alert deaf people to important sounds such as fire alarms, text messages or even their baby crying but they also help by telling them if a Skype call is coming in, or their cooker timer is going off, and lots of other practical things that we all take for granted.
“They are also great for making friends! Hearing Dogs make the invisible disability of deafness visible – with their burgundy jackets the public can tell ‘this is a deaf person at the other end of the lead and I need to consider them, by talking directly to them’. Many lovely friendships have been forged through our dogs.”