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Harrow resident given award for 15 years volunteer service to the hard of hearing

Colin Kirby from Harrow has been presented with a long service award by the Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service (HHAS).

Tony Stoyles, the Director of England's Deaf Rugby Union and Philip Linnegar, Chief Executive of HHAS presenting Colin Kirby with his award.

Colin has had a severe hearing loss since birth and relies a lot on lip-reading for communication. He works as a volunteer "Hearing Aider" for the charity, helping local people with their hearing aids and offering support on coping with hearing loss.

Despite his severe hearing loss and working full-time as a storeman at Astrium in Stevenage, Colin has been volunteering for the charity for 15 years, giving up his evening and weekends to help others with hearing loss.

The Harrow Weald resident regularly helps hard of hearing people who live in local sheltered housing and care homes, many of whom are housebound and also have a physical disability and/or sight problems, as well as their hearing loss.

"The older people I help sometimes have a problem with their sight or arthritis in their hands, so they struggle to fix problems with their own hearing aid," said Colin. "People are very happy when I fix their hearing aids, and that makes me happy too!"

Philip Linnegar, Chief Executive of HHAS, along with guest speaker Tony Stoyles, the Director of England's Deaf Rugby Union, presented Colin with a certificate commending his 15 years volunteer service at the charity's annual Volunteers Evening in Welwyn Garden City on 24 October.

HHAS CEO Philip said: "We would like to say a big thank you to Colin for his fifteen years volunteer service. He is an amazingly dedicated volunteer who makes time in his busy schedule to help numerous local people with hearing loss."

HHAS urgently needs more volunteers 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 volunteering@hhas.org.uk.