A deaf teenager has gone above and beyond to thank a charity which has helped her learn how to speak and listen.

Ava Pearson, 13, from Little Missenden, was diagnosed with hearing loss as a baby and received cochlear implants ages 14 months and nine, where she was supported by Auditory Verbal UK, with their centres being in Bicester and London.

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The charity helps children and babies with their hearing and to say thank you to AVUK, Ava has created a fundraising quiz for the charity’s #LoudShirtDay initiative, which takes place on October 23.

The initiative is to encourage people from all over the county and beyond to wear their loudest clothes possible in the name of the charity, to try and raise funds for those who have hearing impairments.

Ava said: “I’m so grateful for the help and support that AVUK (Auditory Verbal UK) gave me and my family.

“I love my magic ears but so many people, including my teachers and school forget I have them.

“I want all deaf children to have the same chances and opportunities that I have had.

“As a family, we’ve always loved taking part in #LoudShirtDay and I didn’t want this year to be different just because of coronavirus.

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“I was really pleased to help create the quiz and urge everyone to donate (www.avuk.org/Appeal/loud-shirt-day-2020) and download it to get LOUD and help create a sound future for deaf children.”

Ava attended AVUK sessions in Oxfordshire and following a vast improvement in her ability to listen and speak, she now attends a mainstream school.

Additionally, the aim is to raise £10,000 for the charity.

So far, £355 has been raised.