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VOLUNTEERS at a deaf group are appealing for more money to run lip reading classes and offer advice over hearing aids.

Rosemary Claydon, who lost her hearing 20 years ago, became a volunteer with North Wales Deaf Association (NWDA) to teach the skill.

NWDA charity volunteers travel in their navy blue minibus from Dolgellau to Llandudno Junction, and Rhyl to Queensferry to run the classes.

At yesterday's session in Conwy Business Centre, behind Cineworld in Llandudno Junction, Mrs Claydon, said: "The group will practice lipreading.

Mostly they want help with noisy situations like when they are shopping or travelling, so they can get by."

The non-profit making group runs a Mobile Information Centre with the minibus to provide information and equipment demonstrations at supermarkets and hospitals. NWDA says it would use any Wish money to help with running costs to provide this service.

Mrs Claydon lost her hearing through an inherited deafness as did her daughter Jackie Claydon, NWDA technical officer.

Mrs Claydon, of Maenan, near Llanrwst, said: "I was only the 13th person to have a cochlea implant 20 years ago at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

The operation took five hours, although it doesn't take anything like that now.

"I joined NWDA when it was set up 18 years ago and became a volunteer. We used to go to places like Holyhead every month (to offer skills like lip reading) but we can't afford to now which is a shame."

Set up in 1994, the group aims to improve the quality of life of profoundly deaf, deafened, deaf/blind and hearing impaired people.

Recent surveys indicate one in six people in Wales are affected by hearing loss. This equates to 41.7% of people over 50 years old rising to 71.1% of people over 70 years old.

AAppppllyy ffoorr yyoouurr sshhaarree ooff PPoosstt''ss pounds pounds 2255kk ppoott THE Daily Post has got pounds 25,000 to give away to help make your wishes come true. We are launching the Wish campaign where every penny of that money will be distributed to not-for-profit organisations who serve North Wales so well. Schools, charities and community groups can register to take part and they will be guaranteed to receive a share of the pounds 25,000 fund. The size of the share depends on the support groups receive from readers. All they have to do is collect the Wish tokens which will appear every day in the Daily Post for a period of seven weeks from Tuesday, October 2. Whether groups are looking for new equipment, trips away or cash for their centre, the Daily Post wants to help make it happen for you. Registering for the List is easy too.

If you are a not-for-profit organisation benefiting people in North Wales, then you should be eligible. Simply go online to to register for Wish or call (01492) 574479 to request a registration form.

All groups must be registered by Saturday, September 22 to be eligible for their share of the cash prize.


Rosemary Claydon, a volunteer with North Wales Deaf Association
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Sep 15, 2012
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