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Stockport Talking Newspaper 40th Anniversary

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Stockport Talking Newspaper interview with Ann Coffey

Stockport MP Ann Coffey has recorded an interview for the Stockport Talking Newspaper which is sent weekly to blind or visually impaired people in Stockport.

The Talking Newspaper, a local charity which celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2017, helps keep blind or visually impaired people in touch with local events. Each week, volunteers record one hour of news from the Stockport Express. This is sent out on a memory stick to over 140 “listeners” – all of whom get a free portable memory stick player designed for the visually impaired. There is also a magazine-style recording with talks, music, advice from RNIB and items of general interest.

Ann was interviewed by volunteer Maria Nolan. She answered questions about her work as a constituency MP and her campaigning work in Westminster. The interview also covers the many changes Stockport has seen over the years, and looking ahead to improvements in the market and the town centre.

Tina Ramsden, a retired teacher who with her husband Paul, the charity’s Chairman, helps to organise the team of 20 volunteer readers, said:

I enjoyed reading to children when I was a teacher and now I’m retired I enjoy reading to adults. We get lots of feedback from listeners saying how much they value the contact – some have lived in Stockport all their lives and want to keep up with the news. I would encourage anyone who is blind or visually impaired to consider becoming a member of the Talking Newspaper.”

Ann Coffey said:

“It was a pleasure to record the interview for Stockport Talking Newspaper. It’s a wonderful service, and a tribute to the dedication and organisation of the volunteers who run it. I hope many more blind or visually impaired people will join up.”