Fund-raising helps John feel like ‘the luckiest man alive’

Pictured (l-r): Carole Harris, Lesley Holden, John Mallindine and Jill Sanders.
Pictured (l-r): Carole Harris, Lesley Holden, John Mallindine and Jill Sanders.
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KIND-HEARTED villagers in Harlaxton raised £333 for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Women in the village decided to raise money for the charity after a visit to the village by Sleaford man John Mallindine.

John, speaking to a Harlaxton WI meeting, told the ladies of impact his own hearing dog, Poppy.

After presenting the ladies with a certificate for their efforts, John said: “Because I’m deaf I’m the luckiest man alive because if I wasn’t deaf I wouldn’t have Poppy.”

Each hearing dog costs in the region of £7,500 to train. John has a black labrador but many different breeds can be and are used.

John said: “One of the ways a dog can help is as an alarm clock. Poppy is supposed to come over and put a paw on my bed to wake me up but instead she dives under the duvet!

“I know one person who has a chihuahua as their hearing dog but the only problem was it couldn’t reach the bed - so they got it some steps!”

Lesley Holden led the funding drive in Harlaxton with a quiz evening. She said: “We thought it was a very worthwhile cause.”

People can donate used stamps to help raise money for the charity. Take your used stamps to Harlaxton Village Store.

Pictured (l-r): Carole Harris, Lesley Holden, John Mallindine and Jill Sanders. (MGJP - 292B)