Shrewsbury-based charity chosen for BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Shrewsbury-based hearing loss charity Signal has been chosen to make a national appeal on BBC Radio 4, which will be aired on Sunday 25 September at 7.54am just before the 8 o’clock news.

Broadcaster Sybil Ruscoe will present the appeal, which will feature Signal’s work supporting deaf and hearing impaired children in Malawi.

Sybil, who is originally from Wem, has enjoyed a career in national radio and television, and three generations of her family have experience of hearing loss.

Sybil commented:

“As a radio presenter, my hearing is precious to me. In my family we've suffered a lot of hearing loss. My grandmother was deaf, my dad had tinnitus, my nephew is deaf and so is my mother in law.

“Signal do some amazing work both in Africa and here at home. I've been especially impressed with the charity's work in Malawi where they're helping children with a hearing loss to go to school.

“I'm proud to be able to support Signal with the BBC Radio 4 Appeal.”

UNESCO estimates that some 90% of children with disabilities in Africa do not go to school, and in Malawi the most common form of disability in childhood is hearing loss.

Signal works with children in Africa who are isolated by hearing loss, helping them into school with the support of their families, teachers and village leaders. This includes training children in communication skills like lip reading and training teachers in special educational needs.

As the new school year gets underway, Signal’s appeal will tell the story of this journey to get an education and the chance of a better life through the words of Jonathan, a young boy with hearing loss in rural Malawi.

Signal is the charity working to build deaf friendly communities and end isolation both at home throughout Shropshire and overseas in Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Tune in to Signal’s broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave or FM in the morning at 7.54am or in the evening at 9.26pm on Sunday 25 September. It will be repeated at 3.27pm on Thursday 29 September.

You can also watch Sybil Ruscoe talking about her involvement here.