A TALKING newspaper for blind and partially-sighted people is appealing for help to keep the service running.

The 25-year-old Didcot, Abingdon & Wantage Talking Newspaper (DAWN) offers a weekly recording of local news, taken mainly from the Oxford Mail and Herald series, for more than 100 listeners.

Most of the partially-sighted and blind listeners to the free service are local, but there are a number who have moved away and want to keep in touch with Oxfordshire news.

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The newspaper's recent AGM. Picture: DAWN

Lynn Shepherd, a charity trustee, said: “We are looking for more volunteers to help out, either by reading the articles or by helping in the background.

“The recording is put on a memory stick and sent out weekly to our listeners, who have a small MP3 device for playing them and these need sorting and repacking.

“We ask that volunteers are available once a month.”

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The organisation, which focusses on news in the three Oxfordshire towns, records every Wednesday evening, in Abingdon, from 7pm, for one to two hours.

Past recordings are archived on the website, but the service includes supplying an MP3 device to listen at home, with listeners asked to post USB sticks back free of charge.

For more information and to listen to recordings, visit dawntn.org.uk. To volunteer, email info@dawntn.org.uk