Volunteers honoured with special thank you

Susanna Stuart, Elaine Wright and Trina Parkinson
Susanna Stuart, Elaine Wright and Trina Parkinson

N-Vision’s army of volunteers were honoured during a special lunch in the same week the Talking Newspaper celebrated its 40th birthday.

The Mayors of Wyre, Blackpool, and Fylde were invited to the lunch at N Vision – the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Society for the Blind – headquarters on Bosworth Place, South Shore, along with comedian Johnnie Casson.

Back row L-R Gwyneth Paterson, May Coe, Tony Court and Lois Clarke.  Front row L-R Sheila Wood, Ivy Broadbent MBE and Susan Court

Back row L-R Gwyneth Paterson, May Coe, Tony Court and Lois Clarke. Front row L-R Sheila Wood, Ivy Broadbent MBE and Susan Court

Some 150 volunteers record the news on rota with other teams for the 320 subscribers who listen to the Talking Newspaper every week.

Other services provided by volunteers include days out, a knit and natter group, and craft sessions. One of the volunteers Lynne McDonald, 52, said: “The camaraderie between the members who come along to the different groups is amazing.”

Long service certificates were presented to Ivy Broadbent and Doreen Parker, from St Annes, as well as Lois Clark and Tony and Susan Court, from Blackpool. Lesley Jarvis, from St Annes, will receive her certificate at a later date.

And two other news readers Peter Weston and Joy Killip were unable to attend.

Helen Jones, Peter Richardson, Margaret Brown and Norman Teece.  Front row L-R Chris Dearden, David Williams, Lynne McDonald and Helen Wright

Helen Jones, Peter Richardson, Margaret Brown and Norman Teece. Front row L-R Chris Dearden, David Williams, Lynne McDonald and Helen Wright

Comedian Johnnie Casson praised the volunteers and said: “It’s lovely to recognise the phenomenal work of the volunteers in this way.”

Mary Shaw, David Shaw, Pat Brice, May Bellingall and Barry Simmonds

Mary Shaw, David Shaw, Pat Brice, May Bellingall and Barry Simmonds

Susie Nicholas, Mandy Ruddy, Jill Cumming and Netty Croft from Beaverbrooks Gems

Susie Nicholas, Mandy Ruddy, Jill Cumming and Netty Croft from Beaverbrooks Gems

Mayor Blackpool Ian Coleman, Wyre mayor Alice Collinson with consort Gina Whiteside, Johnnie Carson, Fylde mayor John Singleton, chairman Clive Hirst and Fylde mayoress Geraldine Singleton MBE

Mayor Blackpool Ian Coleman, Wyre mayor Alice Collinson with consort Gina Whiteside, Johnnie Carson, Fylde mayor John Singleton, chairman Clive Hirst and Fylde mayoress Geraldine Singleton MBE

Alma Blair, Mary Leavy, Lyndsay Fielder and Patricia O'Beirne

Alma Blair, Mary Leavy, Lyndsay Fielder and Patricia O'Beirne