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A big Walk for Deaf Children's Charity

A big Walk for Deaf Children's Charity

The first ever sponsored walk around the Queen's Jubilee Walkway in London for the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is taking place on 3 September 2006. The event will celebrate the work the NDCS does supporting deaf children and young people, their families, and professionals working with them.

Walkers of any age or level of fitness are encouraged to sign up for the event and see some of London's most spectacular sights for themselves, whilst raising vital funds for the NDCS. The Big Walk forward will specifically celebrate the successful campaign the NDCS ran to ensure the implementation of the Newborn hearing screening Programme (NHSP) throughout England.

Elizabeth Gordon, NDCS Community Fundraising Officer says: "There are two different routes for walkers to choose from, a five-mile or a ten-mile, so this event really is suitable for anyone. This will be an exciting day for all who take part and a fun filled day for those coming along to watch".

NDCS celebrity supporter, Natasha Hamilton is urging people to get involved: "The NDCS Big Walk Forward will be a fun day for all the family. As a mum of two young boys, I understand how important it is to get your baby's hearing screened at such a young age. If there are any problems, it allows families to get support and advice from professionals as soon as possible."

As three babies are born deaf every day and 90 per cent of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little experience of deafness, screening every newborn baby's hearing is essential as it allows those with a hearing loss to be identified immediately. Early intervention is known to be important for the development of the child and also means that support and information can be provided to parents straight away.; Source: NDCS

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