Fundraising campaign launched for Attleborough talking newspaper

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A south Norfolk talking newspaper that serves people with vision difficulties has launched a public awareness campaign for donations to help fund an expansion, ahead of the recording of its 900th edition.

The Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper (WATN), which currently delivers a weekly local news digest and a monthly audio magazine to 50 blind and partially sighted people in and around the two towns, has began an appeal to raise a minimum of £900 between now and the milestone recording on November 20.

The trustees of the organisation state they wish to increase the number of recipients of the service, which is provided free of charge.

WATN secretary Georgette Vale said: “We have received tremendous 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.”

According to the group, the paper’s annual running costs are approximately £1,500 and there is an additional expenditure of £50 each time a new listener is added to the distribution list.

WATN is holding its annual general meeting in the Francis Room of the Connaught Hall, Attleborough on Thursday, May 21 at 7.30pm. For more information, visit www.watn.org.uk