Hearing charity helps more than 4,000

PUBLISHED: 17:04 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 04 May 2010

A CHARITY providing help for people with hearing loss in Royston has now helped more than 4,000 people. The Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service holds a mobile clinic once a month at Royston Health Centre, Melbourn Street, which provides free advice an

A CHARITY providing help for people with hearing loss in Royston has now helped more than 4,000 people.

The Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service holds a mobile clinic once a month at Royston Health Centre, Melbourn Street, which provides free advice and support for people affected by hearing loss, as well as basic hearing aid maintenance and new batteries.

John Batcock, who runs the mobile clinic, hailed what he described as a "key milestone" for the charity, and highlighted the Royston surgery as one of the busiest in the county.

He said: "The Royston Health Centre is consistently one of our busiest clinics, with more than 40 people visiting us each month, so it's the ideal place to celebrate."

Margaret Ehlert, 85, from Royston, says the service is useful as it saves her an arduous trip to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

She said: "I think the service is very good for us old people - we can't always get to Addenbrooke's, so it's great that we can come here instead."

The charity relies on an army of volunteers who support Mr Batcock in his work, and is always on the look out for new helpers.

For more information on the mobile service, or to find out about volunteering for the charity, visit www.hhas.org.uk or phone 01707 324 582.

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