The sports charity began with a boccia tournament which, following a successful pilot in the London area, was then rolled out to deaf children in the Midlands, the North West, the North East and East England. The sports programme has expanded and now tennis, football, swimming and ten-pin bowling are also offered.
‘The backing of OHF has been instrumental to the rapid growth of events and participation numbers,’ said Tony Waymouth of Panathlon.
We have been supporting The Ear Foundation’s activities holiday for deaf young people since 2016, funding places for those who would otherwise have struggled to attend. The break in the Derbyshire countryside brought young people together for five days of stream scrambling, canoeing, caving, and on the last night, a talent show. Many of the participants have limited contact with their deaf peers so the holiday provided a much-needed opportunity to mix and make friends. ‘The best holiday ever!’ said one young person.
We have also contributed toward The Ear Foundation’s first activities weekend for deaf children aged 8-13 years, 16 ‘Tweens’ took part in activities including canoeing, wall climbing and abseiling. ‘Thank you for the incredible experience you shared with our daughter,’ said one parent. ‘We are in awe of the feats she has faced (and climbed and jumped off!), and feel indebted to all of you for helping her to find her inner courage and confidence.’
We have supported The Ear Foundation’s course for young deaf leaders, with participants going on to help lead the summer residential. ‘This has helped me become the person I want to be,’ said one young person on the leadership course. ‘It has been so inspiring.’