THE dedicated team that records stories from the Winsford Guardian for blind and visually impaired residents to listen to is being recognised for its efforts.

Vale Royal Talking Newspaper has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The charity – which brings the news to dozens of visually impaired people every week – is one of 230 groups to receive the award this year.

Representatives will receive the award later this summer, while two volunteers will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace next May.

Ian Hardman, chairman of Vale Royal Talking Newspaper, is delighted the group's work has been recognised and has paid tribute to the hard work, commitment and dedication of the volunteers.

David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, who will present the award later this year, said: "I am very much aware of this talking newspaper and of the outstanding job which they do and the very real difference they make to so many people with sight loss.

Winsford Guardian:

"For many this is a truly important window for them into the world which they can no longer see.

"I am delighted that Vale Royal Talking Newspaper has received the recognition which it deserves, and I send my thanks to each of the wonderful volunteers who keep this important service going.

"I do hope that I will soon be able to present this award to the volunteers in person."

For more information about the talking newspaper call secretary Kathy Wade on 01606 77865.