Wymondham & AttleboroughTalking Newspaper is one of twelve independently-run Talking Newspaper (TN) groups in Norfolk, of which there are more than 500 across the UK.
A group of fifty volunteers produce a weekly local news and information service in audio format for blind and partially sighted people in and around Wymondham and Attleborough. The service is free and is also available to those for whom reading a newspaper is difficult because of a disability or health condition. We concentrate on local news for the area including Hethersett, Mulbarton, Bunwell, Hingham, New Buckenham, Old Buckenham, not forgetting Attleborough and Wymondham and the surrounding villages.
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Fundraising Campaign Gets Off to a Good Start
A campaign recently launched to raise at least £900 for an audio news and information service for visually impaired people, before the production of their 900th edition in November, has got off to a good start.
At the annual general meeting of the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper cheques for £100 were presented to the organisation by Wymondham Lions Club and Wymondham Methodist Church.
A spokesman for the charity, which relies entirely on voluntary donations to keep the service running, said that the group was delighted by this very positive gesture of community support.
Marking 900 Editions
Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper has chosen Local Newspaper Week to launch a public awareness and fundraising campaign, in advance of the recording of the 900th edition of their audio news and information service for visually impaired people.
The weekly local news digest and monthly audio magazine currently reaches 50 blind and partially sighted people, in and around the two towns but the trustees of the organisation wish to increase the number of recipients of this free service.
However, the annual running costs are approximately £1500 and there is additional expenditure of £50 each time a new listener is added to the distribution list.
The charity is hoping to raise at least £900 between now and when their milestone 900th edition is recorded on 20 November, to fund the future expansion.
W A T N secretary Georgette Vale said:
“We have received a tremendous amount of support from the local community since the service was launched 17 years ago and we will be pulling out the stops to get more listeners and additional funding in the coming months.”
W A T N will be represented at the Old Buckenham fete on 4 July and at Wymondham and Attleborough Carnivals on 12 and 25 July respectively. The organisation is also inviting short stories of up to 900 words (with an entry fee of £10), in a competition that is open to all aspiring writers.
More information about the publicity campaign will be provided at the group’s annual general meeting, which takes place at 7.30pm in the Francis Room of the Connaught Hall, Attleborough on Thursday May 21.
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