Newspaper is calling out for new listeners
10:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Latest News
The Marlborough and District Talking Newspaper is encouraging more people to take advantage of the scheme after a drop in the number using it.
The charity was set up in 1987 by Ian Philpotts and Basil Frost and provides audio news from the Gazette & Herald and magazine articles to around 45 blind and partially sighted people.
Each Friday afternoon a team of volunteer readers produce a memory stick of stories that are sent to listeners free of charge and can be played on a specialist speaker system, called an orb, which is provided by the charity.
But it has noticed a dip from almost 70 listeners and is keen to spread the word about the service.
Chairman Mike Brown said: “The number of our listeners is dropping off because of new technology for eyes, the reading equipment that is produced for the blind and the operations they can do now, which obviously we’re are delighted with.
“But we still feel very strongly there are a number of people out there who quite honestly would really benefit from this because there is no cost to them at all.
“We enjoy what we do – although we feel we are doing something good for the blind we also thoroughly enjoy it.”
The group used to record on tapes but about six months ago it invested in the orbs, helped by the Friends of Savernake Hospital.
Mr Brown said: “There is no limit to the number of people we could send to. If you’ve got a care home and there are a few blind people in that home they could all sit round and listen.
“The most important thing is even if we went down to one listener, we would still record for them, we’d never let them down.”
Anyone with poor sight who might like to receive the talking newspaper can call Mr Brown on (01672) or Jenny Lyall on (01672) 513524.
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