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Hard work pays off for Susan

A Watford resident has completed a gruelling 470km cycle ride across India to raise more than £2,700 for the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS).

Susan Hazelton, from Park Road, Watford, cycled from Agra to Pushkar in scorching temperatures to raise money for deaf children and their families.

Taking six days to complete the event, Susan said: "The cycling was hard work and all the training was worth it.

"It was an amazing experience to cycle through this colourful and vibrant country."

The mother of two boys was encouraged to get involved by her friend, who had already signed up for the event.

The keen cyclist enjoys raising money for NDCS, having cycled across the Yucatan in Mexico three years ago for the charity. She said: "Since then I have found out much more about the charity and the amazing work it does, and feel quite committed to it. I have now also met people who have deaf children and they speak very highly of the NDCS."

Founded in 1944, NDCS is the only UK charity solely dedicated to the support of deaf children, their families, and professionals working with them. About 8.7 million of the UK's population are deaf or hard of hearing, and 35,000 of this figure are children. Every day, three babies are born deaf and 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little experience of deafness.

Alex Brooks-Johnson, from the NDCS, said: "NDCS is funded almost entirely through public donations. None of our work would be possible without the commitment of people like Susan."

To take part in an NDCS challenge, telephone the challenge events team on 0870 774 2444 or log onto

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