Charity looks to digital future thanks to campaign donation

Gwyn Rees, far right, with Chippenham Talking Newspapers volunteers

Gwyn Rees, far right, with Chippenham Talking Newspapers volunteers

First published in News

A Chippenham charity which helps the visually impaired read local newspapers has received £200 after being nominated in our Sainsbury’s campaign.

Chippenham and District Talking Newspapers, based in The Cause, records news stories onto cassette tapes and distributes them to around 100 listeners.

A team of 30 volunteers helps record Melksham news stories from the Melksham Independent News on Wednesdays, Malmesbury stories from the Gazette & Herald on Thursday mornings and Chippenham, Calne and Corsham stories from the Gazette & Herald on Thursday afternoons.

Gwyn Rees, 68, joined as secretary last year and said he was delighted the charity, which has been running for over ten years, had received the money from Sainsbury’s.

He added: “We know we are going to have to go digital. Many talking newspapers have gone digital and this money will help go towards that transition.

“We rely on our own fundraising, collections and donations but the money will help to update our leaflets and posters.

“We get referrals from various places and individuals. Once the listeners have heard the tape, they send it back and we re-record the next week. We get a range of people, disabilities and ages. You get a great deal of satisfaction.”

You can nominate your local charity to receive a £200 donation from Sainsbury’s Chippenham.

The charities’ initiatives will need to include health, families or children and the donations cannot be for specific individuals. All the cheques will be presented to the five charities at Sainsbury’s Chippenham on December 4 at the store’s Christmas taster evening.

  • To nominate your local charity, complete the form printed in this week's Gazette and Heraldand send it to Sainsbury’s Charity Nomination Campaign, Sales and Marketing, Gazette and Herald, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3BE, by 5pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Nominations can also be emailed to Ifernandes@ newswilts.co.uk

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