Well it was an interesting experience being interviewed for BBC Radio Sheffield today. I was surprised to be asked so much about the Church I belong to. I love being a Mormon, and my faith is a very precious and personal thing to me. I hope what I shared, without being given any time to prepare, came across OK. There is so much more I would have liked to have said about my 250 mile swim challenge and the Hearing Fund, but didn’t get the chance. Ah well… it was a huge learning curve for me. I still look forward to my time on Sine FM on Wednesday at 10:00am.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03pkp9t This is available for 29 days from today.
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As promised I would like to share a few things about a very impressive young boy who is deaf. Matthew is 10 years old and has been given an opportunity to learn to play a violin with individual music tuition, with support from the Hearing Fund UK. Some of the exciting Projects Matthew has been involved in can be found on the Hearing Fund website.
Matthew’s Mum helped me appreciate how little her son can hear by asking me to place one finger right into my right ear. Then with the left ear, place a finger from my left hand mostly inside. You should try it and see for yourself. It makes you realise what a remarkable achievement it is, that Matthew is able to play his violin so well, when he can hear so little.
As we spent some time with Matthew on Saturday evening, I couldn’t help but be impressed by his quiet confidence. I asked him if he would like to play a piece which I could share on this Blog, and he was very happy to do so. He is currently working on his Grade 3 exam and I am quite certain he will pass this with flying colours. I wanted to share the recording of the music he played for us, but unfortunately I have just learned that my free WordPress Blog doesn’t support videos. I might just have to change that! In the meantime, please see the link on the Hearing Fund Facebook page.
Well done Matthew…. you are a great credit to your family, to the Hearing Fund UK and to all who support and teach you. I look forward to watching you increase in confidence and ability. Having seen what you can do, gives me an even greater sense of purpose to raise money for the Hearing Fund so thank you for sharing your talent with me. x