A lifeline talking newspaper service that allows people who can’t read a copy of the Mercury to access the news is in need of volunteer readers. The Stamford and District Lions Talking Newspaper records copies of the paper for over 50 listeners and would like to add to its pool of eight volunteer readers. Gill Clarke, Lions Club president, 57, and member of the club since 2002, said: “We have teams of readers who read the papers on a Friday night and they are put on a memory stick and then distributed to the readers. “It’s not just for people who can’t see. “It’s for anyone who can’t read a paper for whatever reason. “It maybe someone suffering from Parkinsons’s who shake and can’t read a paper, someone with eye problems or Multiple Sclerosis. “We have been recording the paper for over 35 years. “We cover Grantham, Bourne, Stamford, Oakham and Bulwick and even had someone who listened in Scotland. “If anyone could spend three hours on a Friday to read the paper then they would be most welcome. “We don’t read the whole paper – the recording lasts around 45 minutes. “We read the main stories, Mercury memories, the sport, deaths and letters. “It’s much better if we have a team of readers, the more voices they have, the better. “It’s a commitment but a very rewarding commitment. “Each team reads for six weeks at a If you’re interested in getting involved, call Gill on 08458 334 327.