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      Charity fundraiser breaks down barriers for the Deaf

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      A Welsh charity’s annual gala dinner has raised over £11,000 to help deaf jobseekers find work.

      Action on Hearing Loss Cymru’s annual fundraiser focussed on the barriers facing the 84,000 people in Wales of working age who are deaf or have hearing loss.

      The event at St David’s Hotel, Cardiff was hosted by TV and Radio presenter Beverley Humphreys, and also contained a performance from Chris Fonseca, a world-renowned deaf hip-hop dancer.

      The black tie event saw businesses and employers learning about what they can do to break down the barriers that exist for deaf workers and jobseekers in Wales.

      The charity has a Specialist Employment Service that works with jobseekers who are deaf or have hearing loss and potential employers.

      Rebecca Woolley, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, said, “Our research shows that over a third of business leaders do not feel confident about employing a person who is deaf or hard of hearing. 

      “Solutions are often as simple as providing an adapted telephone, yet we’re still seeing people being turned away at interview as soon as they mention their deafness.

      “I would like to thank everybody who attended and donated on the night. This money will help us tackle the stigma associated with being deaf or hard of hearing in the workplace and to make Wales a more deaf-friendly place to live.”

      For more information about the Action on Hearing Loss Cymru Employment Service: https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/walesemploymentservice

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      Contact for media enquiries:

      Llŷr Owain Wilson-Price, Communications Officer
      Action on Hearing Loss Cymru 02920 333034 / Llyr.wilson-price@hearingloss.org.uk

      Notes to editors

      • Action on Hearing Loss Cymru is the Wales arm of Action on Hearing Loss, formerly the RNID.
      • Around 575,000 people in Wales are deaf or have hearing loss, almost as much as the populations of Cardiff and Swansea combined.
      • Our staff and volunteers provide specialist care and support services for deaf people with additional needs and community health services to assist people to manage their hearing loss.
      • Action on Hearing Loss invests more than £1.5million into research each year and our biomedical team are working to find a cure for hearing loss within a generation.
      • For more information visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/wales.
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