How we are funded

CDTN (led by Leita Prior) is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and we receive no grant aid.  Our office rent, equipment, newspapers, CDs and other costs are met by (1) donations; (2) a legacy from the now-closed charity VIPS in County Durham, and (3) income from our audio-version recording services. (Freda Vitty, 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 from donors including Brandon & Byshottles Parish Council; Bishop Auckland Methodist Church; St Cuthbert’s Society ; St Giles’ Church, Durham; Rotary Club of Durham; Inner Wheel Club; Dunelm Geotechnical, Ladies’ Meeting Point; Cllr Joan Maslin; Towneley Court residents; North East Humanists;  Asda Home;  Shakespeare Temperance Trust; Rotary Club of Stanley; Fred Henderson; Forest Carbon Ltd; the Brancepeth Tai Chi Club – and a number of our own listeners and volunteers. Our first private-individual donor was blind local artist Bill Eltringham through the sale of one of his lovely landscapes.  Our own Brandon & Byshottles Parish Council are outstandingly generous and supportive.

Donations have provided new posting wallets, a USB copier and ongoing supplies of newspapers, CDs and USB sticks. We have also been able to buy a good stock of USB players (the ‘Boombox Plus’ and, more recently, the ‘Sonic’ – both designed specifically for the visually impaired) and these are supplied to listeners free of charge.  We also bought new recording equipment  in anticipation of the old equipment failing – and for use at busy times.  In addition we have been supported by a significant rent reduction by our generous landlord, Dunhelm Geotechnical. 

£5 buys two new sturdy posting wallets; £1 = 9 blank CDs. £100 means three new Sonic ‘boombox’ machines for 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.