A MORPETH community group now has a stronger voice in a project for blind and partially-sighted residents.
Morpeth Talking Newspaper (MTN) comes in the form of a tape cassette that is currently distributed to 55 people in the area at no cost to them.
It includes readings from the Morpeth Herald and other local publications.
Katie Rescigno, then a King Edward VI School student, started MTN almost 20 years ago to help her mother, Patricia, who has sight problems, and others with similar issues, as well as those with no sight at all.
Her parents and faithful bands of helpers have kept it going and today there are volunteer readers from both the Morpeth and Mid-Northumberland University of the Third Age (U3A), Morpeth Methodist Church, St George’s Players, Morpeth Soroptimists, Business & Professional Women’s Guild and Rotary Club.
And now the numbers have been boosted by a team from Morpeth Lions Club.
Lions member David Livesey said: “The club recently saw a long-term commitment within the community come to an end.
“Internationally, Lions clubs have concentrated on assisting the blind in answer to a request in the 1920s by Helen Keller. Locally, we have been involved with MTN by providing financial assistance when requested and one of our members is a Trustee of the charity.
“We are now in a position to take a more active role alongside the existing groups and hopefully relieving them of a little of their time pressures.
“It has been a great experience and we hope our new voices will be as well received as those of the other groups.”
Readers, editors and technicians come together to ensure the cassettes are completed twice monthly.
For more information, or to apply for future cassettes, telephone MTN Chairman Simon Foley on 01670 514675.