Following a creative project to help Auditory VerbalUK mark and celebrate their 10 year anniversary, Crown are pleased to announce they have nominated them as their chosen charity.

Founded in 2003, Auditory VerbalUK (‘AVUK’) helps deaf babies and young children to listen and speak and participate in society as equals alongside their hearing peers. Their specialist programme of Auditory Verbal Therapy equips parents with the skills to support their child’s language and development so that they can start school with the same opportunities as hearing children. AVUK is working with families, schools, hospitals and local services to transform the lives of deaf children across the UK.

“Auditory VerbalUK is an extraordinary charity which we are proud to be a sponsor of. The work of AVUK enriches our belief in the power of communications and we are excited to be a part of their incredible journey” comments Nicky Havelaar, MD at Crown. “There is affinity between their ambitions and Crown’s own values which makes this a fitting partnership

AVUK Chief Executive Anita Grover says, “We are delighted to have Crown adopt us as their official charity. The team have provided us with so much help and support during our anniversary celebrations and I am pleased to be able to continue working with them. Crown’s values and ethos highly complement AVUK and we are excited to collaborate on fundraising initiatives.”

Crown helped organise their 10th anniversary ceremony which took place at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich, a fitting venue for its leadership position in music and dance education. It was important that the event brought together families and professionals to showcase the charity’s achievements and honour its founding director, the late Jacqueline Stokes.

“Our 10th anniversary event enabled us to hear from many of the deaf children that have graduated from AVUK’s programme. We were entertained by their readings, their singing and news of their excellent progress at school. It was also a wonderful opportunity for our team to tell the incredible story of our Founder, Jacqueline; to reflect on what the charity has achieved so far and what more we need to do to ensure all deaf children have the opportunity to access an Auditory Verbal Therapy programme” adds Anita. “Having our graduates tell their own story and feature in ours shares a poignant message about the journey these children are on to succeed in their own ambitions and aspirations.”

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