‘It’s Waffly nice to meet you,’ say workers

13/10/2011'Hearing dog Waffle and some of the staff at HSBC, Hemel Hempstead.
13/10/2011'Hearing dog Waffle and some of the staff at HSBC, Hemel Hempstead.

WORKERS in Hemel Hempstead were inspired to make and sell waffles for charity after learning about a puppy with the same name as the tasty treat.

Staff at the HSBC call centre in Maylands Avenue fell in love with Waffle after seeing her on a website as they researched Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

They managed to raise more than £400 selling waffles to fellow employees and in recognition a visit from Waffle herself was arranged.

Bev Pettiford, community fundraising manager for the charity, said: “This was a fantastic fundraiser for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the money will go towards breeding and training other puppies like Waffle”.

Waffle is 10 months old and being cared for in Chesham until she begins four months of sound training ahead of being placed with a deaf person.

Bev said: “Deafness is an isolating experience and having a hearing dog increases independence, confidence, security and, of course, companionship for deaf adults and children.”

To learn more about the charity’s work visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk

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