Farnham and Alton Talking Newspaper needs public votes in order to receive funding from Lloyds Bank
A vital service that keeps visually impaired people informed about what is going on in their communities is looking for a bit of help of its own.
Farnham and Alton Talking Newspaper (FATN) has been chosen by Lloyds Bank as one of four contenders for a prize of £3,000 in its Building Better Communities scheme.
The race is now on for the self-funding charity, which involves around 100 volunteers, to get as many votes as possible.
Each week the group records four different editions of local newspapers, including the Star Courier and News & Mail series, on memory sticks from its base in Farnham. These are then distributed, free of charge, to 250 listeners who are blind or have impaired vision.
"To many listeners these recordings are a life line and give them contact with the outside world," said Ann Newson of FATN.
Once a month listeners also receive a magazine edition, which includes articles from Surrey and Hampshire magazines, together with an interview. Its distribution areas include Farnham, Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Ash and Camberley.
To vote, visit www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund and choose FATN Talking News or send a text to 61119 with the message VOTE CMTA. Voting closes on November 1.