How we are funded

CDTN – completely free to listeners –  is run by unpaid volunteers led by Leita Prior. Our office rent, equipment, newspapers, CDs and other running costs are met by (1) donations from individuals and organisations in our community; (2) a legacy from our former host charity VIPS in County Durham and (3) income from our audio-version recording services. (Freda, long-standing technician and reader for VIPS/Durham Blind Society, continues to handle this work.)

Since the set-up of our charity in January 2015 we have enjoyed support and encouragement from the community. Regular and one-off donors include Brandon & Byshottles Parish Council; Bishop Auckland Methodist Church; the St Cuthbert’s Society ; St Giles’ Church, Durham; the Rotary Club of Durham; the Inner Wheel Club; Ladies Meeting Point; Cllr Joan Maslin; Towneley Court residents;  the North East Humanists, Asda Home, The Shakespeare Temperance Trust, a number of our listeners, our own volunteers and Forest Carbon Limited. Our first private-individual donation came from blind local artist, Bill Eltringham, through the sale of one of his lovely landscapes.) We are very grateful.

Donations have meant new posting wallets, a USB copier, ongoing supplies of newspapers and CDs,  USB sticks and a good stock of the compact ‘Boombox Plus’, a radio/USB player designed for the visually impaired. (These are free to our listeners.) We also bought new recording equipment for use at busy times and as insurance against the failure of our older equipment.  

£5 buys three or four new posting wallets; £1 = 9 blank CDs. £100 would buys three new Boombox Plus machines for new listeners.  If you or your organisation would like to make a contribution, please ring Leita Prior on 0191 378 9051 or use the ‘Donate Now’ button …

CDTN was registered as a charity in January 2015: Number 1159940.