Angela Paton, Hearing Forces Project Officer with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, ran the service’s first drop-in support session in Aberdeen on Friday 19 October 2018 at the Gordon Highlanders Museum. The event was well promoted on the Hearing Forces social media, the Museum’s website and social media and with the Unforgotten Forces partners in the area.
Local MSP Maureen Watt MSP was invited along on the day to see the service in action. The event was very successful with 5 new veterans attending and registering with the service.
As is always the case, everyone turned up at the same time requiring Maureen Watt MSP to kindly assist with the completion of registration paperwork and help with the teas and coffees – thank you Maureen!
This however was not the biggest story of the event. It transpired that two of the veterans had not seen each other for 75 years – since 1943! Ronald Coull was one of two veterans brought along by Ingrid Penny of Scottish War Blinded whilst James Glennie came along with his son and daughter-in-law. As well as getting their hearing aids maintained and support with their hearing loss, Ronnie and James were able to catch up and reminisce about their days serving!
Maureen Watt MSP was so impressed with what she seen on the day, she took the time to lodge a parliamentary motion about her visit, which was supported by 14 other MSPs.
To find out more about Hearing Forces: telephone: 07388 227407 or email: Hearing.Forces@hearingloss.org.uk
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland are (Members of Veterans Scotland)