MORPETH residents joined a charity’s local staff and guests for a double celebration.
Not only did RNID reach its 100th birthday last Thursday, it also changed its name to Action on Hearing Loss and among the events to mark the occasion was a party at Morpeth Town Hall.
The Corn Exchange was packed with people trying out specialist equipment, which helps those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and enjoying a cup of tea and cake.
There were also information stands where people could find out more about the support available in Northumberland.
Among the guests attending were representatives from the Northumberland County Blind Association, Northumberland Social Services, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the Alzheimer’s Society, along with some of the charity’s own volunteers.
North East Project Volunteer Co-ordinator for Action on Hearing Loss, Sandra Welburn, said: “It was a successful day as there was a good turnout from Morpeth residents.
“We put on this event to thank all those who have supported us over the years. This includes our own volunteers who do a fantastic job and our longest serving volunteer Geoffrey Thompson was asked to cut the cake.
“They have done special fund-raising challenges linked with the anniversary, including Andy Griffin cycling 100 miles and Gordon McIntosh swimming 100 lengths of the pool in Prudhoe.
“There is a big social side to what we do and there are a number of hearing support groups across the county – the Morpeth one meets at Reiver House in Staithes Lane on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. For some members, this is the only time they leave the house.”
She added that congratulation messages had been received from Northumberland MPs Ian Lavery, Sir Alan Beith and Ronnie Campbell.
The charity hopes the name change will make more people aware of its life-changing support and services as well as the importance of protecting your hearing and acting quickly to address hearing loss.
For more information, telephone the regional office on 01670 504290.