Wisbech talking newspaper charity launches major fundraising campaign

A Boombox with accessories.

A Boombox with accessories. - Credit: Archant

A Fenland charity which supports blind and partially sighted people has launched a campaign to raise more than £2,000 to pay for new equipment.

The Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper wants to provide memory sticks and a BoomBox for all their listeners.

The group’s secretary, Isobel Shippey, said: “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.

“We plan produce our newspapers on memory stick and provide playback equipment for all our listeners.

“The piece of equipment we are currently investigating is called a BoomBox, and it has been specially designed for partially-sighted and blind people.

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“It is well designed with large clear buttons and is very simple to use, it also has an FM radio built into it and the sound quality is superb.”

The Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper, which is run by volunteers, has provided local news for the blind and partially sighted of Wisbech since it was founded in 1978.

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It 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 tapes & CDs are sent out, and returned, free of charge, using the Post Office’s Articles for the Blind postage.

For more information go to www.wisbechafb.wordpress.com

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