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Key handover for deaf charity

Thanks to a collaboration of Nottingham businesses, The Ear Foundation has received the key to its new building in Lenton.

The new SoundSpace development will provide a purpose-built, modern facility which will allow The Ear Foundation to double the professional training offered and triple the number of people helped through its family and education programmes, clinical services and research programme.

Yesterday was International Cochlear Implant Day, a timely connection for the new building which is called The Sherman Centre and is named after the Sherman family who have continued to support The Ear Foundation since Marjorie Sherman funded the first child to be given a cochlear implant in the UK in March 1989

The Sherman Centre is on the same site on which the charity was set up to fund and provide the first cochlear implants available to children in the UK in 1989.

Chief Executive of The Ear Foundation, Sue Archbold said: "The new building is amazing! We are so grateful to the huge support we have had from families, fundraisers and local businesses, without whom the new building would not have been possible. It will transform the opportunities for us to support deaf children and adults nationally and internationally from here in Nottingham.

"Unfortunately, our fundraising doesn't end with the building completion, as we still need furniture and equipment for the new space and we are still keen to speak to anyone locally who may be in a position to help and would like more information."