Helping spread Chichester news to everyone

James Ayling, left, and Mike Harvey. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C131728-2

James Ayling, left, and Mike Harvey. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C131728-2

A DETERMINED few are trying to bring Chichester city news to a wider audience, with the Observer’s help.

James Ayling, of King George Gardens, is losing his sight and wants to organise a group of people in a similar position to meet and hear news affecting Chichester city.

His neighbour Mike Harvey, of the Chichester Probus Club, said the club hoped people would help get the project off the ground.

“I think it’s a question of generating the interest and the Rotary club of Chichester Priory is very supportive of this idea as well,” said Mr Harvey. “Jim’s idea is to get a group of people together if he can – registered blind people and partially-blind people who could meet regularly over a cup of coffee, filtering out from the newspaper and other sources what’s on in the area for blind people.”

Chichester Area Talking News, which provides a service for blind people across the wider area, was supportive of the idea.

Mr Ayling previously contacted the Observer in a letter in November, saying he hoped to start the group.

“I am fortunate in that a dear friend regularly discusses articles from your paper with me. However, if an organisation could help partially-sighted people, it would be very gratefully received.”

Email j4ayling@talktalk.net or chris.shimwell@chiobserver.co.uk if interested.




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