Neville Funerals, one of the region’s longest-established family-owned businesses, has announced a new partnership with the charity Hear Today, Hear Tomorrow, to provide repurposed hearing aids to those in need.
Hear Today, Hear Tomorrow (HTHT) is a sustainably led, not-for-profit organisation that recovers and repurposes used and redundant hearing aids from the UK and donates them to children and adults in the developing world and Eastern Europe.
The charity, which focuses its efforts in supporting the sustainability of the audiology industry, also regularly sends aid and audiologists to train key workers on the ground as far as Pakistan.
Neville Funerals has now placed donation boxes in all of its funeral homes across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, for customers and members of the public to drop off their pre-loved hearing aids, giving the gift of hearing to those in need. It also asks its customers if they are willing to donate hearing aids from deceased family members, before cremation.
Vicky Trumper, Director at Neville Funerals said: “We have always enjoyed supporting charities through our work, and particularly those that will go on to help so many beyond the borders of the Three Counties. We recognise that we are in a unique position to help – with visible high street branches across the region and families that are happy to donate hearing aids from those that have passed away. Hear Today, Hear Tomorrow, is a fantastic organisation and one that has, and will continue to help those in need of hearing aids and equipment in developing countries.
“We’re thrilled to be announcing this partnership and we can’t wait to hear about all of the people that are benefitting from this wonderful charity over the course of the next year.”
More recently the charity helped over one hundred people in a village near Rawalpindi, Pakistan between the ages of 10-90, in just five days.
Zoe Fawcett-Eustace, Co-Founder of Hear Today, Hear Tomorrow commented: “We’re incredibly grateful for any donations that will come from Neville Funerals and it’s great to have them onboard as a partner.
“There are a number of charities that help to reduce waste with the donation of other items, such as glasses, shoes and pacemakers, so we started the first national appeal for hearing aids and the reception we have had ever since is fantastic.
“We’re want to express our gratitude to Neville Funerals and the families who are donating, as without them, none of our work would be possible.”
Neville Funerals aims to collect 200 hearing aids in 2023, contributing to their wider CSR initiatives across the business, which includes the collection of pacemakers that are no longer needed.