Talking newspaper gets a funding boost from charity

A community group which ensures blind and partially-sighted people in Berwick are up to date with the latest local news has been given a boost.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 18 March, 2016, 09:00
Elizabeth Dryden (BTN listener), Rona Lackenby and Margaret Johnson (BTN volunteers) with Kizzy Paterson and Haydee Witherhead (YBS).

Berwick and District Talking Newspaper has received £2,000 from Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation after being nominated by colleagues at the town’s Yorkshire agency, Tyne & Tweed Mortgages & Investments Services.

The donation was used to buy digital recording equipment and USB storage devices.

Berwick and District Talking Newspaper is produced by a dedicated group of 25 volunteers who record a reading of the Berwick Advertiser every week. This is then distributed free of charge to more than 50 blind and partially-sighted people throughout Berwick, north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Rona Lackenby, secretary to the Berwick and District Talking Newspaper, said: “The Berwick and District Talking Newspaper is a very small organisation which depends on charitable donations and fundraising events in order to purchase the digital equipment for the production and distribution of its weekly recordings.

“This very generous donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is an enormous boost to our funds and will allow us to update our recording and playing equipment. We realise that there are many worthy causes in the Berwick area so we feel very privileged to be nominated by the staff at the Yorkshire Building Society for this award.”

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Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest on their accounts just once a year to help smaller charities and good causes around the UK.

David Gordon, proprietor of Tyne & Tweed Mortgage & Investment Services, said: “The charitable foundation is funded by our members and I know they would be as proud as I am to be able to support such a worthwhile cause.

“Berwick and District Talking Newspaper is a fantastic, free service which does a huge amount of good in our community and I’m glad we’re able to do our bit to support their work.”

In 2015, the Charitable Foundation paid 1,502 donations totalling £392,276 to good causes and charities.