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Ear Foundation opens new centre

Naming ceremony at Ear Foundation's new centreThe Ear Foundation officially opened its new hearing centre in Nottingham at a ceremony on Wednesday, marking the next chapter in the story of the charity.

The new centre has been designed so that the latest hearing technologies can be seen and tried in a family-friendly, purpose-built environment under the
care of skilled professionals.

Sue Archbold, Chief Executive of the Ear Foundation, said: "We are dedicated to helping deaf children, young people, adults and their families benefit from today's
life-changing technology.

"As our international reputation has increased, so has the demand for our services and we became desperate for more space. The generous grants and donations received
have made it possible to visualise our goal to help the growing number of deaf people we can help."

The Ear Foundation began their quest to raise £700,000 to build the new Centre nearly three years ago and have been overwhelmed by the support of the local and business
community.

Sue said: “We are particularly grateful to The Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) for a £120,000 grant,
which helped make building the Centre possible.

"It helped open doors to other funding and, backed by a sound business plan, was key to giving us the confidence to go ahead.”

The new building doubles the accommodation on the current site, with an additional 250sq m to provide a new group therapy room, two sound-treated rehabilitation rooms, a technology suite with all the latest assisted listening devices, an information lab equipped for people to access all the latest information and technology in a comfortable friendly space and a custom-built workshop/seminar room.

The Centre has been named The Sherman Centre after the late Marjorie Sherman, who funded the first child's cochlear implant in the UK in 1989. It was officially opened by Marjorie
Sherman's daughter, Rosalyn Springer who, with the Sherman family, has remained huge supporters of the charity over many years.

The Sherman Centre will triple the number of people the charity can support to 3,500 a year, double the amount of professional training offered through family, education and clinical
services and research programmes and see an increase in the number of staff from 11 to 18, with other jobs safeguarded.

The ceremony was attended by hearing pioneers, local dignitaries, supporters and children and adults who will benefit from the new Centre.

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