Assistance dog named after Catterick charity channel swimmer

Verity Green with her hearing dog Bow.

A Catterick Garrison woman who swam the English Channel for charity has had a trainee hearing dog named in her honour.

In August, Verity Green became the first British deaf female to swim to France.

The 40-year-old advanced physiotherapist, who works for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, took on the swim to raise money and awareness for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The day before her swim a litter of spaniels had been born, which were destined to provide support for deaf children or adults.

The charity decided to name one of the litter after Verity in honour of her achievement.

The puppy has now passed the first stage of its training.

Verity said: “I was quite amazed.

“I thought they might have been just saying it, but they have since sent an update of Verity passing her Puppy One Star.”

Verity has passed the first stage of training.

In total, Verity raised £7,623 for the charity by swimming the Channel.

Verity is planning a 40km swim this year to tie in with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People’s 40th anniversary.

She added: “Since my swim, my first retired hearing dog, who some people may have seen in the area passed away after a short illness.

“As a dog who is by my side daily, this was heartbreaking for me and others who I went to work with and loved him too.

“Hearing dogs are great in their support when it comes to the end of a life, knowing how close an assistance dog becomes to us.

“His successor, Bow, continues to work well and I have just trained him to alert me to the washing machine sound finishing. No more smelly washing from leaving it too long.

“It is great that I can add different alerts and sounds around the house, based on the initial consistent training he had.”

For more information on sponsoring a hearing dog, visit https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/sponsor-a-puppy

Verity Green with her hearing dog Bow.