In March of 2009, Alice was fitted with a cochlear implant and since then her progress has been breathtaking. This has only been possible for two reasons: Alice’s determination,patience and desire to learn and the unique help and support we have received along the way from Auditory Verbal UK www.avuk.org
Auditory Verbal UK is a national charity which teaches deaf children with hearing aids or cochlear implants to listen and speak. After three years of family-based Auditory verbal therapy, over 80% close the language gap and enter mainstream schools alongside their hearing friends. The charity works directly with 60 families and reaches out to many more through training programmes for professionals across the UK.
Three years ago, Chris (Alice's Daddy), Andy (Alice's Godfather) and James sat down and decided, as rowers of historical prowess, that to spend a week or so rowing the Upper Thames, from Kingston to Oxford, would be an experience we would always cherish and look back on with fond memories in our old age. We are now doing it as a challenge and for a real purpose.
91 Miles, 30 locks, in three days, not seven. Upstream! That's 12 hours rowing a day. We must be mad!
Not every family currently has the ability to access the wonderful work and support that AVUK provide. We are aiming to raise £5,000 (or well North of) to help other families to see and experience the benefits Alice has been lucky enough to enjoy.
This is not a row for Alice, it is a row to help the countless children for whom AV UK might provide their best hope of integrating fully with their hearing peers in the hearing world.
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