Macclesfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind has received £1,000 to fund new equipment so that more blind people in Macclesfield can access the news.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Macclesfield Talking Newspaper provides a weekly news bulletin for local blind or partially sighted people. The grant will be used to purchase two new MP3 players to enable more listeners to receive the service.

Chairman Colin Turner at the Talking Newspaper said: "The Talking Newspaper receives no government funding and relies on donations and bequests so we are very grateful to the Santander Foundation for their generous gift which will allow more people to access our services and feel more involved in the world around them."

Jarrod Roberts-Dinsley, Branch Manager at Santander's Macclesfield branch said: "The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Macclesfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local blind people."

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Note to Editors
In 2014 the Santander Foundation donated £5 million to charities across the UK.

Media Contact
Sarah Webster at Santander      Tel: 020 7756 5533

About Macclesfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind

Macclesfield Talking Newspaper for the Blind provides a weekly news memory stick for the blind or partially sighted so to receive this you must be 'registered blind'. The memory stick and equipment are provided by us Free of charge and we will visit the person to demonstrate equipment. As well as the Macclesfield Express News we supply an additional magazine with various items on it. Every week the Talking Newspaper records an audio version of the Macclesfield Express and a specially compiled general interest magazine. These recordings are sent free of charge to visually impaired people in Macclesfield, Bollington, Poynton, Prestbury and surrounding areas. For more information please visit:

About Santander

The Santander Foundation provides grants to UK registered charities that help disadvantaged people in communities where Santander has a presence. The Community Plus fund provides donations of up to £5,000 to small, local charities nominated by customers, staff and the charities themselves. Our Central Grants programme has grants of up to £10,000 available for education, training and financial capability projects. In 2014, £5 million was donated by the Santander Foundation to charities across the UK. For more information please visit:

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 30 June 2015, Santander UK was the most switched to bank, attracting 1 in 4 new retail customers. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 900 branches and 68 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.