Supermarket lets the cash do the talking for charity
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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