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21 November 2012

Health Care

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 themselves.

Following a request by one member, the hospital contacted the Talking Newspaper for help in making the newsletter more accessible.

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 be."

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 foundation.members@southend.nhs.uk.

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 volunteers."

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 foundation.members@southend.nhs.uk  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.