Auditory Verbal UK is thrilled to have been awarded a grant from the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust.

The grant will see AVUK receive £135,000 split over three years to help us with the core costs of running our London centre. This will allow us to offer specialised Auditory Verbal Therapy to more deaf children in the capital whose families may otherwise have missed out due to the cost of treatment. Our bursary scheme aims to make therapy affordable to all families of deaf children regardless of their financial situation.

This means more children like Ernie will have the opportunity to listen and speak like their hearing peers and have an equal start at school:

Ernie was diagnosed at 11 weeks old with profound loss in his left ear and severe to profound in his left ear. He had hearing aids fitted at just 12 weeks old. Ernie and his parents John and Chrissi joined AVUK’s programme when he was seven months old. He is now 12 and thriving at mainstream school.

You can read more about Ernie’s story here.

Emma Johnson, Head of Fundraising at AVUK, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received the grant from City Bridge Trust. As a small charity, these grants mean the world to us and allow us to reach more deaf children across the UK, giving them the opportunity to get an equal start at school.”

To find out more about our work with trusts and foundations click here.