Funding boost for Talking Newspaper

Dominic Troman, left, Pat Edward and Nick Bansal with bank staff and Talking Newspaper volunteers
Dominic Troman, left, Pat Edward and Nick Bansal with bank staff and Talking Newspaper volunteers

Ellon Talking Newspaper has received a funding boost from the local TSB branch.

The bank has donated £300 to the recording group, the bulk of which was raised by a sponsored bike ride by one of the staff.

This is unexpected but most welcome

Pat Edward Ellon Talking Newspaper

Each week volunteers record the contents of the Ellon Times onto a memory stick and it is then copied and posted out to recipients who use playback boxes to listen to the recordings.

The service, which was introduced in March, 1998, is for visually impaired residents in the Ellon area and is recorded on Thursday evenings in Ellon Library.

Talking Newspaper chair Pat Edward said they were delighted with the donation.

He added: “This is unexpected but most welcome.

“The boxes we have at the moment are good but sometimes the stick breaks inside the box, so we need to try and get a box which is simpler for people to use.

“A donation like this is fantastic.”

The TSB’s Ellon branch has chosen the Talking Newspaper as a local charity for fundraising this year.

The bank donated £100 and Dominic Troman raised £200 through a sponsored cycle from Fraserburgh to Ellon during the summer.

Ellon branch manager Nick Bansal said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to support a charity in Ellon which aims to help local people.

“There’s some fantastic work carried out in our communities and the team here are really looking forward to supporting a local cause with their fundraising and voluntary activity.”

Dominic, 23, followed the Old Buchan railway line for his 30-mile cycle which took him just under two-and-a-half hours.

He said: “It was a beautiful day and it was really good fun.

“The local community in Ellon sponsored me by taking a guess at how long it would take me to do the venture.

“We had two who were only 30 seconds out so they won the prize hampers.”

Dominic added: “I used to be quite a keen cyclist but I hadn’t done it in a while. When I was thinking of ideas that was the one that came to mind.”