The Elizabeth Foundation - 40 years helping deaf children learn to listen and talk

Celebrating 40 years of helping deaf children learn to listen and talk

Shirley and David Metherell set up The Elizabeth Foundation in 1981 to help preschool deaf children learn to listen and talk. During 2021, we will be marking the first 40 years of the charity’s work in a variety of ways.

The Elizabeth Foundation’s story on video

We have released the first in our new series of short videos showing The Elizabeth Foundation’s story over the last 40 years.

In the first video (below), Shirley Metherell MBE describes how she set up the charity after taking her profoundly deaf daughter Elizabeth to the John Tracy Center in Los Angeles.

In the rest of the videos you can find out about our story over the last forty years. Each video shares the memories of a former student from each decade from the 1980s to the 2020s.

Next in the series will be Elizabeth, Shirley’s daughter, who talks about her memories of coming to The Elizabeth Foundation in the early 1980s.

We will be releasing each video in turn over the coming months on social media and on our special “The Foundation at 40” page on this website.

Commemorative merchandise

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we have also commissioned some special commemorative merchandise. These include pens, mugs and beautiful handmade glass suncatchers. They are all available to buy now at our online shop.

40th Anniversary Listen! Magazine

To mark the occasion of our 40th Anniversary, later in the year we will be producing a 40th Anniversary Edition of our Listen! magazine. This special celebration issue will feature photos and stories from our founders, staff, Trustees and volunteers. There will also be memories from former pupils, families, friends and supporters.

If you are not on our regular mailing list and would like to receive a copy by post or by email please contact us.

Find out more about our 40th Anniversary

You can find out more about our 40th Anniversary on our special “Foundation at 40” page on this website.

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