KIND-HEARTED Wearsiders can now help support a city charity by text.
Sound Waves, which provides talking newspapers and magazines for the blind and partially sighted, has become one of the first in the UK to raise money with some cutting-edge technology.
To raise funds, the Thorney Close-based group is taking part in the JustTextGiving scheme from the mobile phone giant Vodafone.
It allows backers of the charity to donate up to £10 at any one time, using its own personalised text code.
The money is needed for a variety of things, from software to everyday running costs.
Recently, the organisation had its council funding cut by 26 per cent.
Sound Waves voluntary manager Mike Brunning welcomed the new method of making donations.
“This is a wonderful way for us to raise money as it’s speedy, simple and spontaneous,” he said.
“Most people have a mobile phone these days, so we expect this to be very popular with our supporters.
“We do rely on donations. Quite simply, they keep Sound Waves going.
“Everything, no matter how small, is gratefully received and we aim to keep going for a good few years yet.”
Sound Waves is staffed by volunteers who vocally record publications, so that the visually impaired can hear the written word when they are unable to read it, making a massive improvement to many people’s quality of life.
A wide range of publications is covered, including a weekly version of the Sunderland Echo and Star papers; Red and White Sound Bytes – a monthly football production with readings from A Love Supreme and the Footie Echo; books with local interest and magazines with a nostalgic feel.
Recordings are available on cassette, CD and through the internet.
Anyone wishing to donate to Sound Waves can do so by texting WAVE21 to the number 70070, followed by either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10, to denote how many pounds you wish to donate.
The text is free to send and all of the donation goes to the Sunderland charity.