Special award nomination

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A volunteer from Chatteris is a finalist for a special national award recognising her dedication to a charity.

Deborah Maloney has been named in the final three at the Specsavers Hearing Dog Awards 2012 to be held in London on October 18, recognising her devotion to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Deborah is a finalist in the Desmond Wilcox Volunteer of the Year category of the event - named after the late television producer.

She was named as a finalist because of her enthusiasm and commitment to the charity over a number of years.

During this time, Deborah has volunteered in a number of key charity roles including helping six hearing dog puppies learn basic obedience in the role of puppy socialiser as well as volunteering at many fundraising events.

Deborah has also raised almost £11,000 for the charity and holds regular talks with local groups on behalf of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

A panel of celebrity judges will decide the winner. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. It has created an incredible 1600 hearing dog partnerships, resulting in greater levels of independence, confidence and companionship for someone who is deaf.