Scotmid Co-operative has awarded a community grant of more than £1,000 to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, to fund essential equipment for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The charity will use the grant to loan flashing doorbells, vibrating alarm clocks and other devices to help people manage their hearing loss at home and in the community.
It is estimated that over 850,000 people have some form of hearing loss in Scotland, 541,500 of which are over the age of 65. Research from Action on Hearing Loss has found that hearing loss can make it difficult for people to access health services as well as employment and education opportunities.
Delia Henry, Director of Action on Hearing Loss Scotland said:
“We want to thank Scotmid Co-operative very much for this donation. Hearing loss can be confusing and frightening for many people and they don’t always know what equipment is available to them. This donation means that we can allow more people to try out equipment that helps them cope with their hearing loss and that allows us to help them improve their quality of life.”
Malcolm Brown, Head of Corporate Communications for Scotmid Co-operative said:
“Scotmid Co-operative is delighted to award this community grant to Action on Hearing Loss Scotland. This is a fantastic service to support people who are deaf or hard of hearing around Scotland and we’re thrilled that we can help.”