British Empire Medal for services to the Southport Talking Newspaper for the Blind in SouthportIn 1987 he was invited by a social worker to join a steering committee being set up to explore the development of the Southport Talking Newspaper.The project was the initiative of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council which came to the conclusion, that there was a considerable need for a service providing weekly local news for blind and partially sighted in Southport and the surrounding area. From the beginning he was an active member of the steering committee which resulted in the charity being registered in 1988 when he was elected to the executive committee.

He was elected its chairman in 2002, a post which he still holds. In 2002 the Newspaper had 220 listeners on the register and now gains an average of 45 listeners each year.

The service has also greatly improved under his stewardship and in 2008 the committee decided to go digital. The Southport Talking Newspaper received a Community Heroes Award in 2006, recognising the contribution made by the charity in the local community.

He is also an active Rotarian and for many years has taken the principal organising role in establishing and running his Rotary Club’s Schools Public Speaking Competition, open to the secondary schools of Southport.

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