21 November 2012
A newsletter for members of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is now available on CD – thanks to Southend Talking Newspaper for the Blind.
The FuTure, published twice a year, contains updates on hospital
news as well as articles written by the Foundation Trust governors
Following a request by one member, the hospital contacted the
Talking Newspaper for help in making the newsletter more
Foundation Trust membership manager, David Fairweather, said:
"We were extremely grateful to the Talking Newspaper for agreeing
to record The FuTure and for producing it for us on CD. We have
more than14,500 members reflecting the whole community we serve,
and naturally want to ensure that we are as inclusive as we can
As a result of the collaboration, the CD version of The FuTure
will now be available on request from David Fairweather on
Freephone 0800 0185202 or by emailing
Southend Talking Newspaper secretary, Eric Quarmby, said:
"Volunteers record local news on CD for up to 200 members every
week. The hospital's standing in Southend is important to us and so
we were very happy to help out with producing a CD of the members'
newsletter. We are a charity and all the recording is done by
Southend Talking Newspaper caters for the needs of blind and
partially-sighted people of all ages - the youngest person they
send out to is 12 and the oldest 101.
Mr Quarmby added: "We would like to help more people as we
understand the number of blind and partially sighted people in
Southend is between 2,000 and 3,000."
Anyone who would like more details about becoming a Southend
University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust member should call the
Freephone number above, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or a membership form can be found on
For more details about receiving local news and information on
CD, or to become a Southend Talking Newspaper volunteer, call Eric
Quarmby on 01702 554536.