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Talking newspaper launches fundraising campaign

A talking newspaper has launched a fundraising campaign to raise more than £2,000 to pay for new equipment.

The Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper, which supports blind and partially sighted people, wants to provide memory sticks and a boombox for all their listeners.

Run by volunteers, the newspaper produces three recordings per month which enable the blind and partially-sighted to enjoy some local news items and magazine articles they would normally not be able to access.

The group hopes to purchase a boombox specially designed for partially-sighted and blind people

Isobel Shippey, group secretary for the Cambridgeshire-based newspaper, is urging people to help the campaign by making a contribution on the newspaper’s website.

“We currently produce our talking newspapers on CD and cassette, but it is becoming increasing difficult to source analogue equipment, so we have been discussing the need to move on as technology is moving so quickly,” she told the Wisbech Standard.

Founded in 1978, the newspaper relies entirely on donations from the public and also from authorities and other fundraising charities.