CDTN (led by Leita Prior) is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and receives no grant aid. 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.
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 the late blind local artist Bill Eltringham through the sale of one of his lovely landscapes.
Donations have provided new posting wallets, a USB copier and ongoing supplies of newspapers, CDs and USB sticks. We were also able to buy a good stock of USB players designed specifically for the visually impaired which we gave to listeners ‘on permanent loan’. We also bought new recording equipment for use at busy times and in anticipation of the old equipment failing. We were also given a significant rent reduction by our landlord of seven years, Dunhelm Geotechnical.
Since March 2020 donations have been few and far between and our funds are diminishing. Anyone wishing to support our work can contact Alice on 0191 384 8102.
CDTN was registered as a charity in January 2015: Number 1159940.