TERRY WILSON: Dee shows true dedication

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Terry, from Fareport Talking News, explains why a dedicated volunteer has been honoured

FAREPORT Talking News is delighted to announce that one of its longest serving editors is the proud recipient of the Jenny Robinson Award.

Dee Batu, of Ranvilles Lane, Fareham received the award for long service with both Open Sight and Fareport Talking News.

She joined Open Sight, as a fundraiser, in 1991 and later met Jenny Robinson at an Insight meeting, which was a six-week course for people newly-registered with sight loss.

Dee worked closely with Jenny and together they formed other social and craft clubs in the area, which ran for years, until they had to close due to transport costs and the increasing non-availability of materials.

They also formed a home visits group to assist people who needed help in their homes.

Dee joined Fareport Talking News as an editor in 1999 and has since held the position of chairman, deputy chairman and secretary.

The experience Dee brought to Fareport Talking News has been a major contributor to the general understanding of sight loss within the organisation and has helped considerably in ensuring that the broadcast material is in line with the requirements of the listeners.

Fareport Talking News provides free, weekly broadcasts recorded on memory sticks, which feature news and entertainment taken from the local papers, to the blind and visually impaired in the Fareham, Gosport, Locks Heath, Wickham, Portchester and Warsash areas.

For more details, call 01329 664364 or info@talkingnews-fareport.org.uk.