EastEnders’ Rita Simons takes action on hearing loss

EastEnders actress Rita Simons has been inspiring energetic fundraisers to climb to the top of London’s iconic Telecom Tower in support of Action on Hearing Loss.

 

EastEnders actress Rita Simons has been inspiring energetic fundraisers to climb to the top of London’s iconic Telecom Tower in support of Action on Hearing Loss.

Rita Simons, who congratulated the fundraisers when they completed the challenge on Sunday, says: “I can’t believe how many people turned out for the BT Tower Stair Climb – it means so much to Action on Hearing Loss and raises vital funds for the charity. I’ve been a long standing supporter as my daughter Maiya is deaf, although it’s not stopped her from living life to the full.”

More than 70 fundraisers completed the exhilarating 842-step climb and enjoyed the breath-taking views of the capital’s skyline from the top of the tower. The £12,000 raised by the fundraisers will support the charity’s pioneering projects, services and biomedical research improving the everyday lives of people who with hearing loss or tinnitus.

“It’s important for people to check their hearing if they think they’ve got some form of hearing loss. It’s free and really simple to do on the Action on Hearing Loss website” Rita adds.

Teams from PH Media, Ernst & Young and BT joined individual fundraisers to complete the challenge. Ryan Smith, Regional Director for PH Media Group, said, “Action on Hearing Loss encourages people to look after their hearing. As a company that produces audio products, this is a message we also want to work to promote.

“The climb has been a real challenge for the team but we’ve had great fun doing it and we’re delighted we’ve been able to raise funds for our favourite charity. How could we refuse when the opportunity arose; a company that produces telephone on-hold messages climbing the BT Tower?”

BT hosted the BT Tower stair climb as part of its support for Action on Hearing Loss’ Hearing Check campaign during the charity’s centenary year and is encouraging people to get their hearing checked by visiting www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/ where details on future events and fundraising information can be found.