This year the Andover Carnival committee had a very difficult job selecting the two charities to be sponsored. An unprecedented number of applications was received and it was hard to choose just 2 from 19. However, after much thought and discussion, it was decided that the lucky applicants would be Andover Lipreaders and Andover Breathe Easy.
Andover Breathe Easy is a support group for adults with lung conditions and aims to help them understand and manage their breathing problems. They hold social gatherings with speakers from all walks of life, including getting advice from doctors and respiratory nurses, and tips on home safety.
Financial help from the Carnival proceeds would help them to pay for venues and provide a projector for speakers to use, also day trips for members.
Andover Lipreaders teaches adults with hearing loss to manage their hearing loss difficulties and learn lipreading. The aim is to help them cope with hearing loss and enable effective communication, thus reducing the social isolation this can cause.
Funding from the Carnival will help them to provide sessions for 30 to 40 adults, in three terms of ten lessons each.