During the weekly recording of the Whitecliffs Talking News, award winning actress Miriam Margolyes OBE, patron of the charity, made a surprise visit to the recording studio in Ringwould, Deal.

She was interviewed by one of the WTN volunteers, Paul Morris of Kingsdown who is a retired BBC Sports Presenter.  The interview was recorded and included in the week’s talking news edition.  After recording her personal message to the talking news listeners, Miriam commented ” I think this is an absolutely marvellous way to reach out to the many blind and partially sighted people in the locality – people of all ages who for whatever reason cannot gain access to the printed versions of local newspapers.  I understand this is the 40th anniversary of this talking news and I look forward to joining in with the celebrations later in the year.”

Miriam has been a supporter for many years of numerous charities and in particular Vision Varanisi, in India, which helps poor and needy people to receive treatment for various sight problems.

Throughout her life, she has supported charities helping the visually impaired, and in 2011, she agreed to be Patron of the Whitecliffs Talking News.  The late Sir Norman Wisdom OBE was the charity’s previous Patron.

The Whitecliffs Talking News provides recordings on “memory sticks” of the local news, magazine articles, interviews with a variety of interesting people and essential local information. The local news is taken from the East Kent Mercury, Dover Mercury and the Dover Express.  The charity has over 40 volunteers comprising readers, recording engineers, presenters and editors.  The weekly recording is sent immediately to the Kent Association for the Blind in Maidstone where it is duplicated, and from where nearly 100 copies are sent free of charge to there visually impaired in Dover, Deal and Sandwich and surrounding villages.  People with sight problems who would like to receive weekly recordings from Whitecliffs Talking News should contact Kent Association for the Blind on 01622 691357, or telephone 01304 363344.