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      Reprieve for charity's hearing aid service in Angus thanks to generous local donors

      600 people with hearing loss across Angus are expressing their gratitude to donors who have helped save the closure-threatened Hear to Help service until Christmas.

      Donations – including a generous gift of £2,000 from Dr Kristien Hintjens who is a GP partner at the Townhead Medical Practice in Links Health Centre, Montrose where charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland runs monthly hearing aid support drop-in sessions – has secured the short-term future of the service.

      Action on Hearing Loss Scotland has been piecing together funds to keep Hear to Help going and running a campaign calling on Angus Health and Social Care Partnership to provide annual sustainable funding.

      The charity is awaiting news of developments following the First Minister’s commitment on 28 September for the Scottish Government to discuss the service with Angus Council and the Integrated Joint Board (IJB) for Angus Health and Social Care Partnership.

      In the hope that the IJB will identify funding for Hear to Help in the new financial year, the charity has launched a Tayside-wide fundraising drive to enable the service to continue until Spring. People can donate by searching for ‘Save Tayside Hear to Help Service’ on www.justgiving.com

      Dr Kristien Hintjens said: “Hear to Help is such a worthy, cost-effective and person-centred service which really improves quality of life for people who have hearing loss.

      “I encourage people across Angus to please spare what you can to support Help to Hear to continue delivering their much-needed service for especially older people who also have mobility, dexterity or sight loss in our communities.”

      Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland said: “We have been overwhelmed by the backing for our Save Hear to Help campaign in Angus and thank Dr Kristien Hintjens and other donors whose generosity is enabling us to continue supporting local people with hearing loss until Christmas.

      “We hope our fundraising drive will generate enough income to keep the service going until Spring and give Angus Health and Social Care Partnership an extended opportunity to identify the funding needed to secure a sustainable future for Hear to Help in communities across the county.”

      For information about upcoming Hear to Help drop-in sessions in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar and Montrose, telephone: 07388 227407 or email: scotland@hearingloss.org.uk

      ENDS

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      Eileen Clarkson, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, on telephone: 0141 434 5340 or email: eileen.clarkson@hearingloss.org.uk

       

      Dr Kristien Hintjens, GP partner at the Townhead Medical Practice