School of Business and Economics


31 Oct 2015

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People fundraising in honour of Ben Pocock

The now-trained hearing dog that is in the care of the Pocock family.

July 17th 2015 marked the first anniversary of the passing of International Business student Ben Pocock, who was a victim of the MH17 Malaysia Airline flight that went down over Ukraine.

In the year since his death, three of Ben’s coursemates and colleagues have been raising money for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in honour of their friend and in support of his family.

In August of this year three of his coursemates competed in the London Triathlon in order to raise money for the cause. Each took a leg of the triathlon and successfully finished 14th overall.

So far, they have raised over £5,500, surpassing their initial target. This money has gone towards sponsoring the training of a hearing dog, pictured here. Hearing dogs are trained to listen for important sounds and danger-signals such as fire alarms and door bells. The money raised is used to help with the training and living costs of a hearing dog which allows people with hearing difficulties to develop independence, confidence and companionship in their daily life. 

The donation page has been kept active in the hope of raising £10,000 which would allow them to also name and train a dog. Hearing Dogs for the Deaf is a charity close to the Pocock family, and this fundraising is a great way to honour Ben’s memory.

Ben was on track for a First Class degree in International Business and was on his way out to complete a professional placement and study abroad period for his third year at the University of Western Australia, Perth. Ben was also a talented athlete playing on the University’s Ultimate Frisbee team, winning ‘Player of the Year’ in 2013.

If you would like to donate, there has been a Just Giving page set up for this cause:

To find out more about the “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People” Charity, visit their website:

To contact the Publicity Team, please ring Mrs Ondine Barry on +44 (0)1509 228849 or email