Volunteers honoured with special thank you

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

Friday, 7th July 2017, 3:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:26 am
Susanna Stuart, Elaine Wright and Trina Parkinson

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.

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.”

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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

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.

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

Helen Jones, Peter Richardson, Margaret Brown and Norman Teece. Front row L-R Chris Dearden, David Williams, Lynne McDonald and Helen Wright
Mary Shaw, David Shaw, Pat Brice, May Bellingall and Barry Simmonds
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
Alma Blair, Mary Leavy, Lyndsay Fielder and Patricia O'Beirne
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
Helen Jones, Peter Richardson, Margaret Brown and Norman Teece. Front row L-R Chris Dearden, David Williams, Lynne McDonald and Helen Wright
Mary Shaw, David Shaw, Pat Brice, May Bellingall and Barry Simmonds
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
Alma Blair, Mary Leavy, Lyndsay Fielder and Patricia O'Beirne