Two of our DDTN volunteers, David and Jessica Thurtell, have been recognised by the Prime Minister as “Points of Light”. The award was made for their 30 years of voluntary work with the Talking Newspaper, from its foundation to the present.
In a personal letter to Jessica and David, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I admire that your volunteer work, which has spanned thirty years, is providing a valuable service for people in your community with visual impairment. Your ability to inspire others to volunteer for the cause is particularly commendable and you should be proud of the many achievements of the Dorking Talking Newspaper.”
Both David and Jessica worked for the BBC and have used their respective engineering and presenting skills to benefit the charity. David commented: “This is a great recognition of everyone involved in the Talking Newspaper, right from the start when it was founded by Peter Wills of the Deepdene Rotary Club. A lot of people work on the team, we’ve just been here longer than anyone else”. Jessica added “We’ve made some good friends doing this and had a lot of satisfaction and fun along the way”.