All Out to Raise Awareness

Report by Jan Collier      October 2018

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Felicity and Gabrielle spreading the News

It’s that time of year once again, when here at EETN we gather together our flyers, leaflets and notice boards, our memory sticks and boom boxes, put on our green and white tabards and make our annual foray into the Ashley Centre.

EETN Awareness Day, once again organised by volunteer Heather Griffin, gives us the opportunity to meet dozens of shoppers and passers-by,  enabling us to spread the word about our free news and magazine  service for blind and partially sighted people.

As Heather and volunteer Richard Wheeler made their way to the Ashley Centre, laden with all that makes a good presentation desk, a team of volunteers was preparing  to record the week’s newspaper. When recording had finished, some of the team, including  Geoff Trickey, Gabrielle Richardson and Julie Harvey, then came on to help in the Ashley Centre.

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Gabrielle was recording earlier

We met some lovely people as always, including young Mums and Grandparents, some of whom were interested in telling friends and relatives about our service and others are considering joining our team, which is wonderful news!  We made a connection with a  professional  DJ and radio broadcaster and also with  a  local presenter  from Epsom Hospital Radio. The good news is that we hope to arrange an interview with them, which will be of benefit  to both EETN listeners  and those at Epsom Hospital.

We’d like to thank everyone who showed interest in our work and will help to spread the word, and of course,  to those who kindly made a donation to help keep the spoken words of Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper ticking along as it has done since 1975.