Su­per­mar­ket lets the cash do the talk­ing for char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

CHRIST­MAS came early for the Mac­cles­field and Dis­trict Talk­ing News­pa­per for the Blind, when vol­un­teers col­lected a do­na­tion for £900 from John Lewis.

The money came from the Chea­dle store’s ‘Com­mu­nity Mat­ters’ scheme, which awards a to­tal of £3,000 to three lo­cal good causes ev­ery three months.

Cus­tomers vote for their favourite cause, and the funds are al­lo­cated ac­cord­ingly.

Ed­i­tor Caro­line Mole said: “We’re ex­tremely grate­ful, both to John Lewis and also to the cus­tomers who voted for us.

“This do­na­tion will al­low us to con­tinue to sup­ply our lis­ten­ers with MP3 play­ers and mem­ory sticks, and also add RNIB mag­a­zine tracks to our weekly record­ings, giv­ing our lis­ten­ers a greater choice of ma­te­rial.”

The Talk­ing News­pa­per pro­vides an au­dio ver­sion of the Mac­cles­field Ex­press to blind and vis­ually im­paired peo­ple.

Chair­man Colin Turner said: “Talk­ing news­pa­per vol­un­teers are de­lighted to re­ceive this cheque from John Lewis.

“There is a con­stant need for the MP3 play­ers and mem­ory sticks.”

For over forty years the Talk­ing News­pa­per has pro­duced a weekly record­ing of lo­cal news and mag­a­zine items which is sent out to blind and vis­ually im­paired peo­ple who live in Mac­cles­field, Bolling­ton, Poyn­ton, Prest­bury and sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

It has gone from au­dio tapes to CDs and more re­cently MP3 mem­ory sticks.

Ev­ery Thurs­day an ed­i­to­rial team of 10 meet at their stu­dio on Queen Victoria Street to pick out the stories.


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