CEO Chat #10

CEO Chat

In a week that saw bitter winds and stinging rain we were treated at the end of the week to a couple of sunny days, bringing a real promise of spring. Although, as with most March’s that I can recall, it turned mighty cold again as we entered the last week.

Why does the weather matter? Well, ask people who have hearing loss or tinnitus, the change in weather pressure can increase pain in the ears or bring an increase to the high pitch squealing sound some people have due to tinnitus.  This in turn can lead to headaches, migraines, or periods of depression because of the pain and frustrating noise and vibrations within the ear. Also, when it rains heavily, it is difficult for hearing aid users because the sound of the rain can become overwhelming. In cold weather people wrap up and hide their mouths behind scarfs and have hoods or hats pulled tightly around their face, presenting an additional challenge for lip-readers.

But, when the sun shines, even on a chilly day it is encouragement to get out into the countryside to make the most of the Cumbrian countryside.  It was on such a day that I visited the team at Bendrigg Trust ( to see what they have happening now and find out about their ambitious plans for the future. Bendrigg’s mission statement is “Bendrigg Trust specialises in delivering high quality activity courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. We aim to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.” They have been delivering activities inline with this mission for over 40 years just outside Kendal. CDA has been there for activity weekends before and we will be back there because it is a very special place, where everyone is truly welcome.