Dr Miriam Robinson, local geographer and keen walker, led a sponsored walk, in aid of AudMEd on Aug 18th 2017, around Saddleworth, starting and finishing at Diggle. Miriam alerted us to the local industrial history of weaving and its original transport links, a Roman fort and other interesting curiosities. Apart from inclement weather the walk was enjoyed by all and raised over £ 250. Miriam hopes to lead a further walk in the Spring 2018. Look out on this website for details.
Longstanding member of AudMEd committee and Professor of Deaf Education at the University of Manchester, Wendy McCracken, has justly been awarded the BSA (British Society of Audiology) Thomas Simm Littler honorary award. Congratulations from all the trustees and members of the AudMEd committee. Well done, Wendy!
At Tabley House, Knutsford, on May 20th 2017 the Audmed Trust held a concert with the Vivaldi String Ensemble and the Di Voci Ladies Choir. This was a beautiful spring evening in a lovely rural setting and in the elegant period house. The concert was excellent and very well attended. Audmed raised £645 towards the current project to sponsor two visiting lecturers to the University of Ghana.
Newletter from the Centre for Education and Community Based Rehabilitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This centre is run by Ismael Byaruhanga. Audmed previously sponsored to do the Diploma in Audiology in Nairobi, Kenya, 2012-13.
On the 17th September 2016, a charity event was held in Wirral to raise funds for Aud-m-Ed. The event was organised by Shankar and Rama Rangan and the theme was Bollywood. The ticket sales were very encouraging. There were about 170 tickets sold and along with the participants who performed that evening and helpers we had around 180 people attending that evening.
The evening started with a few Bollywood dances performed by Anusha Rangan and ladies of the Wirral. It was followed by the live band that performed some lively old Bollywood numbers to which the guests were invited to the dance floor. Some moves were taught to them and soon the floor was filled to the tapping heels of the crowd in their colourful Bollywood attire.
A few games including Champagne square, quiz, auctions and a raffle helped us raise money for the charity. There was also henna painting and ear rings sale to add to the funds. The evening managed to raise almost £2200 in all!
The food was well appreciated and the feedback from the guests was positive with requests for the information for the next charity event!
We receive many requests for equipment and on a few occasions we have been able to meet the need with items given to us that are surplus to the donor’s requirements. Examples of this are a sound level meter for a screening programme in Zanzibar, a hearing aid analyser for a research project in Brazil and two screening audiometers for Namibia. If you have something that you think may be of use to us, please let us know as it may be just what someone in a developing country needs to improve their service. We would need to know the following:
Why your service no longer needs it or has stopped using it.
Whether you still have the handbook or where we can get one.
The date of the last calibration and service check. Whether replacement parts and consumables are still available.
How old it is and its expected working life.
We are very grateful to all those who have donated second hand items and to firms who have given us new ones, consumables or their services at a reduced price. In particular our thanks go to Reidys for the chime bars sent to Kenya, PC Werth for spare print rolls for the hearing aid analyzer sent to Brazil and P & A Medical Ltd who carry out calibration and service checks for us at half price.
“In the last three years Milton Baptist Church has donated part of the money they received when they went out carol singing. In 2011 the money raised covered the cost of most of the items for the hearing aid repair kit requested by All Ears Cambodia for the service they are setting up for people who are house bound or in hospital.”
The AUMED Trust is an active charity, which has been busy with 3 events this year already:
Firstly on 11th March there was the charity performance of the Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare. This was held at the Theatre Royal, Ramsbottom and was performed by Summerseat Players. The play was of the usual high standard and a light hearted comedy. It raised £760 for the AUMED Trust.
Our next event was 11th April when Naomi Lyons ran the Greater Manchester Marathon for the AUDMED Trust. The day was fine and sunny and not too hot. This was Naomi’s first marathon, which she completed without stopping and without walking in 5 hours 2 minutes and 13 seconds. She raised £1200 for the AUDMED Trust.
The most recent event was 22nd April and was Bolton Lever Rotary Club Charity Concert. The theme was music through the decades, which was performed by Greater Manchester Police Big Band and Young Vocalist Hannah Crerar – Royal College of Music, London.
We hold several charity event throughout the year.
The AUDMED Trust donates equipment. It funded audiology courses via its fund, the Grand Fondo, which is now closed. It held an ENT training day on audiology for ENT surgeons.