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The Burnley Talking Newspaper has now been running for an amazing 43 years, bringing up to date news and topical stories to people across the town.
Funded by donations from organisations and generous individuals four members recently attended a conference organised by the Talking News Federation where they took part in workshops, listened to inspirational speakers and networked with other talking newspaper representatives.
As the main focus was on fund raising members returned armed with some fresh ideas to bring in new funds including raising the profile of the talking newspaper with a series of letters to businesses and companies.
As a result the group, which focuses on stories from the Burnley Express and a variety of magazines, was invited to have a stand at Burnley's Tesco store and also take part in a bag pack project with Lancashire Fire and Rescue cadets.
Volunteer Marjorie Dunderdale said: " Both events were very successful with people coming to ask about how our talking newspaper worked and we even recruited a few volunteers and, of course, we shared the proceeds of the bag pack with the cadets."
Store community champion Billie-Jean Horne nominated the Talking Newspaper to receive the proceeds from a book stall at the Centenary Way store and members were stunned and delighted to receive a cheque for £549!
Marjorie added: "I thought it would be around £30 so imagine my delight when it was over £500.
"Together with the bag pack and awareness day, we have raised over £1,000 for Burnley Talking Newspaper through Tesco alone.
" I would like to say a huge thank you to the shoppers who donated to our local charity and generally to the generosity of the people of Burnley."
Burnley's Asda store has also stepped in to help the group with Annette McGowan inviting volunteers to hold an awareness day there and the group is now one of the three named charities on the green token scheme.
The profile of the group has been raised even further because, as a result of the numerous letters sent out, they have given talks and received support from a variety of organisations including the Rotary Club of Padiham, Burnley Lions, Briercliffe Ladies, Burnley and Pendleside Rotary, Burnley Masonic Fellowship, St. Cuthbert's W.I and Burnley Cantenians.
And the work of the talking newspaper continues during the lockdown despite the fact the majority of the workforce of volunteers are mostly over 70 and now confined to their homes.
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