Katey’s legacy thrives as charity marks two decades

MORPETH Talking Newspaper recently held its Annual General Meeting under the Chairmanship of Simon Foley.

It was mentioned that it is almost 20 years since the Morpeth Business and Professional Women (BPW) group registered it as a charity. This was their way of celebrating the Queen’s 40th year as monarch.

Originally, KEVI student Katey Rescigno started the talking newspaper. Her mother, Patricia, has sight problems and doubtless this provided the inspiration for trying to create an extra dimension to help others with similar or more serious problems.

Katey subsequently left Morpeth for university but her legacy remains, having initially been kept alive by her parents, together with the BPW group and faithful bands of helpers.

Morpeth Talking Newspaper comes in the form of a tape cassette that is currently distributed to 40 listeners through the post.

The cassette is made up of readings from the Herald.

Teams of readers, editors and technicians come together to ensure the cassettes are completed every two weeks.

The readers are volunteers from both the Morpeth and Mid-Northumberland members of the University of the Third Age (U3A), Morpeth Methodist Church, St George’s Players, Morpeth Soroptimists, BPW, as well as the Morpeth Lions and Rotary Clubs.

When commenting on a successful year, Mr Foley said: “We are grateful to the Morpeth Herald for their continued support and to all our tape readers, editors and technicians for their dedication in providing a window to the world for our blind and partially sighted listeners.

“The coming year may provide some challenges should we have to relocate, however with the continuing co-operation of the Health Authority I feel sure we can continue successfully.

“As ever we are grateful to Morpeth Cottage Hospital for the use of their premises.”

Any readers wishing to find out more about Morpeth Talking Newspaper, or to apply for future cassettes, can telephone Mr Foley on 01670 514675.

In addition, he will be pleased to hear from new volunteers wishing to get involved as a technician.