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Charity Appeals: Pet project: Insurance workers meet hearing dogs.

Staff at a Midland-based company came face to face with one of their pet charities recently.

Britannic Assurance at Wythall has raised pounds 21,800 this year for local charities through a variety of events, from sponsored breakfasts to marathons and regular 'dress-down' Fridays, where staff make a donation to come to work in casual clothes.

Hearing dogs for deaf people was the selected charity to benefit from the latest dress down day. The charity trains dogs to respond to sounds their owners can't hear, such as fire alarms, cooker timers, babies crying or approaching traffic.

They can be lifesavers like Daisy, who recently saved her owner from a house fire.

Pictured is Barbara Maughan with hearing dog Chloe and Gail Webb from the Britannic.
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Date:Nov 19, 2002
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