I was approached by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People to cover celebrations for 30 years of Hearing Dogs.   I was delighted to accept the commission for this fabulous organisation.  The service was held in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral on the 23rd January, which happens to be the eve of St Francis de Sale’s Day – The Patron of Deaf People.   This event was actually a joint celebration because Maggie, who is an assistant guide at the Cathedral, sadly lost her Hearing Dog Clay in July 2012 and so the service was also to remember Clay and celebrate his life.  The service was lead by Canon Clare Edwards and guests included The Lord Mayor of Canterbury and the Sheriff of Canterbury, the Chair of Trustees and CEO of Hearing Dogs.  Tea and cake were served in the Cathedral Lodge where a book of remembrance was held for Clay for all the people that knew and loved him.

The turnout was fantastic and it was a wonderful service.  There was a wonderful choir – Music in Motion, who had travelled from Birmingham and are a group of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people, who use British Sign Language in a unique way to interpret popular songs by performing the lyrics of songs in sign language. Maggie read the most moving speech about her beloved Clay and there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen.

Here are a few images from the afternoon…