Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has lent his voice to support Rugby Talking Newspaper for the Blind.
He visited the charity’s office, in Hillmorton Road, last week and read an article from the Advertiser for the listening pleasure of its subscribers.
The weekly recordings inform blind and partially sighted people in Rugby of all the local news and helpful information such as the opening and closing times of local chemists, weather forecasts, lighting-up times, pavement obstructions, what’s on, family announcements and sports news.
Rugby Talking News secretary Bob Arkell said: “He was very impressed with the service we offered and delighted when he learnt that the service, including all the listening equipment needed and the postage, was completely free of charge. He asked whether he could read one of the news items, which he did, and to his delight had no problems. He said in his job he has to read out aloud quite frequently so he was no stranger to it.” T
he first issue of the Talking Newspaper was published in the mid-1970s and has been distributed every week since then, apart from each Christmas and New Year. Mr Arkell added: “Should any reader know of anyone who has a sight problem, be it only slight, tell them about us. We will be delighted to add their name to our list of listeners.”
Call Mr Arkell on (01788) 551258 for more information.