“I’m so excited to be an AVUK Loud Shirt Day Ambassador. We had a great time last year and I’m happy that we raised money to help other deaf children learn to speak,” said Orson (7) who together with his Mum, Dad, sister, Grandad and his former school raised more than £10,000 for #LoudShirtDay last year.

With the 2021 event fast approaching on October 22nd, Orson and his family are hoping more people, families, schools, businesses and organisations will sign up to make the event bigger and better than before and raise even more money to help deaf children like Orson have the same opportunities in life as their hearing peers.

Last year the family took on a week of challenges for Loud Shirt Day. Focusing on the number 6,825 which is the annual cost of the AVUK programme.

  • Orson cycled for 6,825 seconds - an hour and 53 mins - over six days; remembered as many six and eight timetables in 68 seconds; wrote a story that included the number six and eight, read eight chapters of a book and stood on one foot for 68 seconds.
  • Sister Mei scootered for 6,825 seconds over six days, completed six puzzles over six days, told her family a six-page story and recognised six letters and numbers each day.
  • Dad Martin did six HIIT classes over six days, 68 press ups a day and drew eight caricatures.
  • Avril walked 6,825 steps every day; ran for 6,825 seconds over six days and held a plank for 68 seconds every day.
  • Grandad John also ran for 6,825 seconds over six days.

Inspired by Orson and his family Mulberry House School which was then attended by both Orson and Mei also took part in #LoudShirtDay.

Orson showed his classmates how to make tie dye T-shirts and also talked about his hearing loss. He said: “Everyone at school just accepted that I was deaf but I wanted them to understand a bit more about what it was like and how we could help more deaf children. It was such fun at school having our own Loud Shirt Day and I loved completing all our family challenges.”

Orson was fitted with hearing aids at 18-months-old and after finding out about Auditory Verbal UK Orson started sessions with the Bermondsey based charity when he was two year’s old and graduated two and a half years later a year ahead on the Preschool Language Scales assessment.

Mum Avril explained: “For a young boy who cannot hear the sound of a bike bell, birds singing and the doorbell ringing without his hearing aids it was an incredible achievement.

“We wanted Orson to be a kind and confident boy, who has the resilience to overcome set-backs, who understands his hearing loss and is able to communicate his needs to his friends, teachers and family. Most importantly we wanted to equip him with the skills and knowledge that he can achieve whatever he wants in life as his hearing loss will never hold him back.”

There are so many ways to take part in Loud Shirt Day let your imagination go wild getting LOUD to create a sound future for deaf children. Individuals, sports teams, businesses, schools even pets can get involved.