Dear editor,

For the last seven years I have been the Chairman of Andover Talking Newspapers, a local charity sending out memory sticks to blind folk no longer able to read your paper for themselves.

Inevitably the closeness of our recording studio has forced our 40 volunteers to suspend recordings and distribution. We just had time to include a warning in our last broadcast.

We are very concerned that our listeners are now deprived of their few regular contacts with the outside world. May we appeal through you for anyone living near one of the 45 blind or sight-impaired folk in Test Valley to offer to read to them the main articles in the Advertiser - -naturally observing all the social distancing rules.

I make this appeal to you as they are of course all your loyal followers.

Michael Shellard, Andover