A LEEDS funeral service has kicked off a major new appeal which aims to help some of the 20 million people across the globe who are in desperate need of a hearing aid.
Leeds Co-op Funeral Service has joined forces with Sound Seekers charity to collect unwanted hearing aids from across Yorkshire so they can be delivered to children in the developing world.
An estimated 25 million people in the world are in need of a hearing aid but just 5 million actually own one. Many of the people suffering from preventable hearing disease are in countries where access to technology and facilities is limited - and half of these are children.
Under the appeal Leeds Co-op Funeral Service will collect good quality, second hand hearing aids which will then be refurbished and sent on to children suffering from hearing impairment in Bangladesh, Ghana, Jamaica, Nigeria and many other places.
For information on your nearest Leeds Co-op Funeral Home visit www.leeds.coop or call 0113 270 1212. For information on Sound Seekers visit www.sound-seek ers.org.uk