About Us

The Hearing Fund UK, “Olive Osmond’s dream of Bringing Music to your Ears”, exists to raise funds and raise awareness for deaf children and their families here in the UK.

We’re looking forward to working with the many friends of the Osmonds here in the UK! – We invite you to put the FUN into FUNdraising and help us bring “music to the ears” of thousands of deaf children here in the United Kingdom.

 

Niamh is continuing to progress really well with her violin lessons provided by The Hearing Fund UK.  She can now play “Twinkle Twinkle”, “French Folk Song”, “Lightly Row”, “Song of the wind” and is just starting to learn her 5th song “Go tell Aunt Rhody”. As well as learning all of these songs, Niamh is now also a member of Yorkshire Music Club, a small orchestra of young deaf musicians that meet every 2 weeks. She has just started working on playing “The Dr Who theme” on her violin as part of the group, which she really enjoys. Niamh is looking forward to meeting you all again at the Gala Weekend and playing on stage with Justin Osmond August 2014.

Matthew has been having specialised violin lessons since April 2013, having two lessons per week provided by The Hearing Fund UK.  He performed on stage at the annual Gala event with Justin Osmond 2013 playing in front of over 1,000 people.

Niamh 2            Niamh          Matt and Violin Matthew and Paul Whittaker      hp-violin

cheque                  justin-matthew

 

 

Thanks to the intervention of the Hearing Fund UK Matthew’s dream of learning the violin became a reality when the Hearing Fund UK presented him with a violin in September 2012 and sponsored lessons in recognition of Matthew’s fundraising.

Unfortunately Matthew was not able to begin violin lessons until the end of April 2013 as he was badly injured in an accident at school. However since then he has made amazing progress and practiced very hard. In September 2013 Matthew achieved his goal to play the violin on stage with Justin Osmond at the Hearing Fund UK gala. He played ‘Any Dream will do’ because the Hearing Fund have made his dream come true. Since the gala Matthew has also taken part in a concert in Oxford- to mark 25 years of the charity ‘Music and the deaf’ . as well as play for the Mayor of Bromley at the hearing impaired unit that support him at school.

Matthew’s teacher and Matthew  work one to one in a quiet environment means Matthew can concentrate and listen without background noise which can make it very difficult for him to hear. Matthew learns a lot through watching his teacher carefully as well as through feeling the vibrations in his cheeks. They also work in front of a large mirror during classes so Matthew can easily watch what Sylvia is doing and copy her. Sylvia understands about Matthew’s deafness and ensures at every stage that he has fully understood but more importantly she offers him encouragement and praise which boosts his confidence to succeed. Matthew also has Emma Newton of Newtons music shop in Merstham, Surrey to thank for helping him to continue playing. After she saw the video of Matthew and Justin playing at last years gala and spotted Justin playing one of her custom made silver violins,  Emma offered to provide Matthew with a larger size violin as sadly he has now outgrown the original one presented to him by Justin.

Learning to play an instrument and perform in public has massively boosted Matthew’s confidence and improved his self-esteem. Music has provided the opportunity for Matthew to show that he can achieve as well if not better than other hearing children.  He has shown that if you try hard you can overcome your limitations and deafness is not a barrier to achieving your dreams.

Matthew has not allowed his microtia and deafness to hold him back. Prior to the Hearing Fund UK Gala, Matthew asked, for the first time, to have his hair cut short so everyone could see his little ear. He was not only proud to be playing the violin on stage but also proud of his deafness and of who he is. Music has definitely transformed Matthew. I’m immensely proud of Matthew and all that he has achieved especially in his acceptance of his microtia as well as his commitment to helping other hearing impaired children and raising deaf awareness. His involvement with The Hearing Fund UK has made him proud to be ‘different’ and fully accepting of his hearing loss.

Matthew says ‘it is fun playing the violin and when people like the sound you make and clap it makes me really happy that I can do that. I really like knowing I can do it if I try and feel that I am good at something. When I am playing my violin I forget all about my little ear and that I can’t hear properly like other children. But at school I always feel different and sad because know I am deaf and find it hard to learn’.

JANICE ENGLISH

 

 

Where you wish to donate to the Hearing Fund UK, your donation will be made to the ‘The Hearing Fund UK’ established under the Charities Aid Foundation (Registered Charity Number 268369)