19th Sep, 2017

Big challenge is a charity boost

Aaron Wise 20th Mar, 2017

STAFF at a Worcester insurance broker took on a gruelling 26km duathlon to raise more than £600 for a hearing loss charity.

A team of eight brave employees from Sutcliffe and Co recently took part in the Pulse Pursuits Arden Attack Duathlon to raise £635 for Deaf Direct, as part of its 90th anniversary of helping children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The team had to complete a 5km off-road run, an 18km cycle route and another 3km off-road run.

Duncan Sutcliffe, director of Sutcliffe and Co, said: “Deaf Direct is a great charity that benefits so many people.

“We were really excited to grab this opportunity to raise funds for them and challenge ourselves at the same time.

“Everyone trained hard for the Arden Attack Duathlon and it was worth all the pain to raise funds for Deaf Direct.”

Philip Gerrard, CEO of Deaf Direct, said: “We’re grateful to Sutcliffe and Co for taking on such a gruelling challenge.

“We hope the physical challenges the team faced helped them to appreciate how difficult it can be for deaf people to overcome their own challenges.

“The funds raised could help provide 63 hours of information and advice for those facing hearing loss, as well as fund two places at our residential for deaf and hard of hearing children.

“It could also help to provide ten hours of translation services for British Sign Language users.

“Hearing loss is invisible, but we make sure the person isn’t.”

Call the charity on 01905 746301 or e-mail fundraising@deafdirect.org.uk to donate or for more information.

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