September 2010: Judith Hyde from Broxbourne has raised £210 for St Augustine's Church and the Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service by holding a fundraising party.
Judith held a fundraising party at her home in Roslyn Close in August. She raised £155 for St Augustine's Church, Broxbourne and £55 for the Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service (HHAS), a charity that provides practical help and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.
Judith decided to raise money for HHAS as she has been working as a volunteer for the charity for the last six years, and sees the difference the charity makes to people with hearing loss.
Every week, Judith visits local people who are housebound and need help with their hearing aid. She enjoys her volunteer role and finds it rewarding.
"It gives me great pleasure to help people hear again by fixing their hearing aid - it's lovely to see a smile come to their face," said Judith. "I have a hearing loss myself so understand what it's like when you can't hear what people are saying."
Judith raised money for the church by asking for donations towards food and by holding a Bring and Buy sale. The money for HHAS was raised by holding a raffle, which people donated prizes for.
The main prize in the raffle was a knitted doll of a gardener using a Jean Greenhowe pattern. The doll was knitted by Mary Turnball, who Judith regularly visits through her volunteer role with HHAS.
"I knew that Mary knitted Jean Greenhowe dolls as she has told me about it when I've visited her to help with her hearing aid. She offered to knit me a doll to raise money for charity," said Judith.
The doll was won by local woman Frances Jones. "Frances has two allotments so she was a very suitable person to win," said Judith.
HHAS urgently needs more volunteers in East Hertfordshire to help local people suffering from hearing loss. To find out more about volunteering for the charity, contact Gary Appleby on 01707 324 582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.