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The Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper (EETN) has been presented with a donation of £8,500 by the immediate past Epsom Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen, after fundraising during his term of office.
The EETN produces a weekly recording of local news, magazine articles, podcasts, recipes and jokes which is sent out free of charge to those with impaired vision or who struggle to read small print. The charity is run entirely by volunteers and was chosen by Councillor Dallen as one of his three charities after personal experience of his father’s sight loss.
Speaking at the presentation on 3 October, EETN Chairman, Judy Sarssam said, “We are thrilled to bits and so grateful to Neil, his wife and family for all their time and effort. They worked their socks off! Huge thanks are also due to very many people and businesses who supported the fundraising year. Whether you donated a bottle of wine, bought a raffle ticket or came along to a curry night or quiz evening, thank you sincerely. Because of your enthusiasm and generosity, this marvellous donation helps us continue our work. We need funds to keep recording equipment up-to-date, and to buy memory sticks and boom boxes so our listeners can play the newsletter recordings in their homes. We will be in the Ashley Centre on 31 October and do hope people will come up and say hello. Or there is more information about the EETN online.”
Councillor Dallen said, “My Mayoral year was great fun. Part of that fun was the fundraising for my three charities – WSS, Girl Guiding and of course Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspapers. It is also great to see the reward of all our hard work with the presentation of cheques for £8,500, a fantastic result. Thank you everyone who helped achieve this. I wish everyone at Talking Newspapers the very best.”
Mrs Joan Deering, an enthusiastic listener who has received the newsletter for a number of years, said, “I look forward to listening to the latest edition every week. I enjoy the variety of items and with all the different voices, I feel as if I am in the recording studio with everyone”