Carmarthen MP pledges support for deaf charity

When Owen Hathway took on the job of Press and Research Officer for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards, he knew he’d be writing briefings and press releases but hurling himself out of an aeroplane and plummeting earthwards for 12,000 feet was never on his ‘to do’ list.

But that’s just what Owen will be doing this September, when he undertakes a daring skydive in a bid to raise £395 for RNID – the largest charity in Wales working on hearing loss and hearing health.

RNID wrote to a number of Welsh MPs and Assembly Members, asking them to take part in the skydive and raise much needed funds. Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards is a great supporter of RNID, as he himself is hard of hearing, and his office was keen to help out. Jonathan’s Press and Research Officer, Owen Hathway, offered to step into the breach and do the jump himself.

“I’ve always wanted to do a Sky Dive and am really looking forward to it. Since agreeing to it I have started to think about what that actually means and am starting to wonder what I’ve let myself in for! But it is for a great cause supporting RNID Cymru so I will happily be throwing myself out of the plane on September 26th. Anyone wishing to sponsor me can do it online at www.justgiving.com/Owen-Hathway or just come into the Plaid office.”

Jonathan is 100% behind Owen and will be helping to publicise his skydive and raise as much money as possible for the charity. He said:

“Many people are unaware that as many as one in seven of the population is deaf or hard of hearing. Without support, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can face isolation and exclusion that can have a devastating effect not only on their own lives, but also on the lives of their family and friends. I’m determined to support RNID in the fantastic work they do right across the UK.

Many people in the county suffer from hearing difficulties and so will know first hand the impact of the RNID. Hopefully Owen will raise a lot of money and also help raise awareness of these important issues.”

Alaric Shorter, Senior Events & Community Fundraising Executive at the RNID added.

“We are immensely grateful to everyone who is brave enough to take the plunge and raise vital funds for RNID by taking part in a skydive. Without them we couldn’t keep doing the important work we do across the UK for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you think you’re a bit of a daredevil and would like to join Owen please get in touch!”

The skydive will take place on 26th September at Swansea Airport.

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Owen can be sponsored through http://www.justgiving.com/Owen-Hathway by dropping money into the Plaid office or alternatively through the RNID direct at events@rnid.org.uk or call 0845 634 0687.

RNID Cymru is the charity working on hearing loss and hearing health. We do this with the help of our members by campaigning and lobbying, raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss, providing services and through social, medical and technical research.

For further information about RNID Cymru or to become a member, visit www.rnid.org.uk/Wales, contact RNID’s Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (freephone) or 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or email informationline@rnid.org.uk

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