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Royal recognition for Ear Foundation Trustee

Tricia Kemp, a Trustee of The Ear Foundation, has received an MBE from HRH the Prince of Wales for her voluntary services to children with hearing disabilities.

 
 
Tricia Kemp MBE
Tricia Kemp MBE
PRLog - Mar. 6, 2012 - Tricia is the Southern Region Co-ordinator and founder of the Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group (CICS). She first set up CICS, a support group for parents of deaf children with cochlear implants, shortly after her own son Alex, who is deaf, received an implant in 1991.

Sue Archbold, Chief Executive of The Ear Foundation, the Nottingham based charity that provides training and resources for families with deaf children and the professionals who work with them said: “Tricia has been a tireless supporter of The Ear Foundation for nearly 20 years and we are delighted that her fantastic efforts, helping us and all the families of children with cochlear implants, have been recognised in this way.”

Founded in 1993, CICS now has a membership of around 1,000 families, and still fulfills Tricia’s original aims to support families by providing first hand experience of the impact of cochlear implantation on family life.  The charity provides a newsletter and organises information and social events to bring together implantees, prospective implantees, their siblings, families and friends, as well as lobbies the Government for changes to improve the quality of life of deaf children.

Tricia said “I was very proud and delighted to receive the honour, and hope that in some way it can be used to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by deaf children and to promote the potential benefits of cochlear implantation.

Photographed with Tricia are her two sons, Alex (right) and Jamie

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device. Cochlear implantation provides useful hearing for those too deaf to benefit from conventional hearing aids. About 370 such children are born each year in the England, and another 100 each year become deaf early in life and need an implant.

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