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Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile Edinburgh supports first Disabled Access Day with free overnight stay for Scotland’s first hearing dog puppy

HOLIDAY Inn Express Royal Mile Edinburgh is supporting the first Disabled Access Day on Saturday 17th January with a free overnight stay for Scotland’s first hearing dog puppy and its volunteer trainer.

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Hearing dogs help to transform the lives of deaf people by alerting them to important sounds, such as an alarm clock, doorbell or smoke alarm. There are more than 80 deaf people with hearing dogs living in Scotland and the organisation is hoping more people will volunteer to help train a further nine young puppies.

Pamela Fraser of Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile said: “Disabled Access Day presented the perfect opportunity to invite Aster and her new family for an overnight stay at the hotel to let the puppy get used to the hustle and bustle of a busy city centre hotel, to hear the sounds of the lifts coming and going and learning to cope with multiple distractions.

Disabled Access Day is an international initiative to encourage disabled people and their friends and families to visit somewhere new together on 17thJanuary. The overall initiative is being supported by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website, and events for the day in Scotland are being supported by VisitScotland.

Kiki MacDonald, Co-Founder of Euan’s Guide, said: “Promoting good disabled access is at the core of what we do, so this campaign is close to our hearts. By hosting events and offering promotions to visitors on January 17th, all of the partners involved can demonstrate just how important disabled access is to them.”

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile offers value city centre accommodation with 78 fully air conditioned guestrooms offering free high speed internet access and free breakfast. Purchased last year by Chardon Trading, it is managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

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