Farewell to founding members of Sound Out

PUBLISHED: 17:55 02 September 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 02 September 2013

Chris and Pat Clow with a certificate of appreciation from sound out. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 5546-34-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Chris and Pat Clow with a certificate of appreciation from sound out. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 5546-34-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Founding members thanked for years of service to Honiton-based group for people with hearing impairments.

Members of a self-support group for those with hearing difficulties turned out in force to say thank you and farewell to the group’s founding members.

Pat and Chris Clow, who set up Sound Out in 2005, were presented with a certificate of appreciation and a special leaving gift during a farewell coffee morning at Honiton Methodist Church last week.

They are leaving the area to be closer to their family. Pat said: “When we started the group in April 2005 we didn’t know if anyone would turn up; in the end we had around eight, most of whom went on to become members and some stayed for many years.”

Sound Out has recieved plenty of help from the local community over the years, including Honiton Methodist Church, the library and the audiology department.

She added: “It was obvious to anyone with a hearing problem, from tinnitus to profound hearing loss, that there was a need for this type of group as we had discovered for ourselves, deafness can be very isolating.

“Everyone pitches in with coffees, washing up, and it wasn’t long before we had a birthday card scheme so everyone received a card on their birthday; for a few, it was the only one they had.

“Many members still meet up for coffee or lunch and many longstanding friendships have developed.”

Helen Stoneman will take over the helm and continue to run the group, which meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Honiton Methodist Church, from 10am until noon.

“We are thankful to Helen Stoneman for taking over the running of the group and we hope it will continue for years to come,” says Pat.

For more information about Sound Out, email soundouthoniton@gmail.com


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