Bromley students walk for deaf children


Six Bromley students completed a 5k walk in support of the National Deaf Children’s Society on 29 March.

The team, comprising Cydni-Jean Jafrato-Dowling, 17, Jayda Hatton, 17, Maria Olarewaju, 17, Katie Sanders, 17, Spiridoula Tasho, 18, and leader Lily Tuck, 16, are all Health and Social Care level 3 students at Bromley College and completed their walks around the Bromley area.

Lily was inspired to take on the challenge for the National Deaf Children’s Society because she was recently diagnosed with mild hearing loss and turned to the charity’s website for information and reassurance.

They are well on their way to their fundraising target of £200, with £160 raised to date, and are hopeful of more donations to come. All the funds raised go to the National Deaf Children’s Society, which supports the UK’s 50,000 deaf children and their families.

Lily said:

“I recently went for a hearing test as I had been having difficulty hearing people speak in conversations. I discovered I’ve got a mild hearing loss and it’s very nerve-racking. It was really scary to find out, I’ve started wondering, will my hearing disappear completely? What if I can’t do the things I want to do?”

“I didn’t know where to turn, but then I found the National Deaf Children’s Society website. That’s why I chose them and got my friends on board, because I want everyone to get the information and support they need at a difficult time.”

Claire Lubbock, of the National Deaf Children’s Society’s fundraising team, added:

“I want to say a huge thank and congratulations to the Bromley College girls for completing their walking challenge for us. We’re so proud of you.

“It’s brilliant to see these young people using their initiative to fundraise for us and we couldn’t be more grateful.

“Finding out that you or your child has a hearing loss can be a really difficult experience to go through, so it’s vital that everyone can access free, confidential support if they need it.

“It’s through wonderful efforts like this that the National Deaf Children’s Society is able to keep on doing what it does, supporting the UK’s 50,000 deaf children and their families, now and into the future.”