A CLYDEBANK charity which supports blind and visually impaired people throughout the area has received a cash boost from Ross and Liddell’s Community Bursary Scheme.
Bankie Talk Talking Newspaper was established in 1989 and provides local newspaper and information on audio format to more than 100 users, giving people the opportunity to keep up-to-date with local news and events.
Over the years the service has evolved and now provides a lending library, bi-monthly magazine and has a youth project, which is done in partnership with secondary schools in the West Dumbartonshire area.
The support from Ross and Liddell will be used to purchase a cd copying tower, which will reduce the amount of time it takes to copy discs which are then sent out to users.
Frank Duffie, project manager at Bankie Talk Talking Newspaper, said: “We are thrilled to receive support from Ross and Liddell’s Community Bursary Scheme.
“We continue to look at new ways to expand and enhance our service and this funding will help us purchase the equipment needed to allow us to develop and grow.
“It’s excellent that Ross and Liddell decided to select the charity as one of their chosen recipients. We would like to extend our thanks to the company for its support.”
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Now in its fourth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.
Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “With more than 150 applications received for the 2014 Community Bursary, it was extremely difficult to select just a handful to offer our support to.
“The Bankie Talk Talking Newspaper really provides a lifeline to those who are blind and visually impaired and ensure they are not isolated in their local community.
“The service has been running for more than 25 years and its plans to develop the charity are very encouraging. We know this additional funding will be put to good use.”
For more information on Bankie Talk Talking Newspaper, please visit http://www.bankietalk.com/