Talking Newspaper thrives with town’s help

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AFTER more than 20 years Grantham continues to show massive support for one of its favourite charities.

Each Friday volunteers from Grantham and District Talking Newspaper gather to make a recording of the latest local news from the Journal to send out to blind and partially sighted people all over the region.

Working against the clock, they get hold of their copy of the Journal as soon as it hits the shops, and by mid-morning the Talking Newspaper has been recorded, duplicated, packed and posted to all of its listeners.

As well as recording the local news, the team produces a magazine programme to provide light entertainment.

Originally the team, based in offices in Wharf Road, Grantham, produced the talking newspaper on tapes, but it has now progressed to using CDs too.

And after all these years a huge amount of financial support for the charity still comes from the people of Grantham.

Recently a house-to-house collection raised £1,109 for the cause and another £500 came from a donation by Grantham’s Granta Masonic Lodge.

Secretary Patricia Shipley said: “It is the support and generosity of local people and organisations that enables the talking newspaper to continue with its valuable service.

“We would also like to thank the volunteers who so readily give of their time to help with the collections each year.”

l If you can help the Talking Newspaper with its fund-raising work, call treasurer Henry Lord on 01400 250406.