Workers, fund-raisers and families who benefit from the work of the Ear Foundation were all celebrating today following the news that the organisation has been awarded a £5,000 funding boost from OneFamily.
The Ear Foundation supports children, young people and adults affected by deafness, and their families, providing a bridge between the clinical services where modern hearing technologies are fitted, and home, school and work where they are used. The Ear Foundation was established to help fund the first children in the UK to have cochlear implants. Today a variety of hearing technologies are available through the NHS, with The Ear Foundation providing support, advice and activities to help individual communication needs.
The charity’s Family House was opened 22 years ago, and is used by approximately 300 families of deaf children each year, who stay there whilst learning how to use hearing technology at home to communicate. However, the bathroom and toilet facilities needed updating and thanks to the £5,000 Community Award from the OneFamily Foundation, they can now be renovated. The funding will also be used to buy decorating supplies so volunteers can give the project the perfect finishing touch.
Brian Archbold, OneFamily customer and supporter and fundraiser for The Ear Foundation, said: “Deafness in one member of the family affects not just that person but the family as a whole. Those members of the community who use our Family House share the common challenge of communication in everyday life.
“To now be able to update this house, where families come and stay so that they can try out hearing technologies, learning to listen and communicate in a home-like environment, makes all the difference to the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them.
“We’re so thankful for our award and would like to express our sincere gratitude to both OneFamily and all of those that voted.”
As a OneFamily customer, Brian applied for the funding from the OneFamily Foundation. Although only OneFamily customers can nominate a community project for funding, members of the public are encouraged to show their support via an online vote, with winning projects being those that secure the most votes.
OneFamily is a mutual organisation providing investments, savings, health and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life. As a customer owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers. The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and aspires to make £5 million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has also helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.
Anna Drabble, Head of Community at OneFamily, said “We’re delighted to be able to make an award to the Ear Foundation’s Family House so that families and affected children can benefit from a home from home experience while they learn how to use the new hearing technology. The OneFamily Foundation exists to benefit its customers and their communities, and so it is absolutely fitting that we help the Ear Foundation with this programme of refurbishment.”
To find out more about the OneFamily Foundation please visit www.foundation.onefamily.com
The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our customers, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways customers can benefit; personal grants or community awards. A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.