Lions welfare chairman Stewart Reid presenting the cheque to WSA chair Vicky Peel
At our club meeting on Monday, 18th January, 2016 we received an update on the situation at the Sports Association following the recent floods. We heard that, although insured, the Association had to find an excess of £5,000 before the insurance company would authorise the start of remedial work. We decided that we would top up the £1,900 the Association had already raised through its own efforts and presented a cheque for the balance of £3,100 at the following evening’s wetherbyhour event on Tuesday evening.
Our photo shows Welfare chairman Stewart Reid demonstrating the Lions Speech Aid to Catherine Isles of Harrogate Hospital’s Speech Therapy department before handing over two of them for use by her department. About the size of the old Sony Walkman personal tape player, if you can remember that far back, the Speech Aids are personal amplifiers used by people whose voices have lost volume, perhaps as a result of laryngal surgery or Parkinsons.
The unit can be clipped to one’s belt and is easily operated by two large touch buttons. It combines with a lightweight boom microphone to enable the wearer to amplify the volume of their voice to an audible level and helps overcome the isolation their condition has imposed on them.
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