A volunteer with calibre
Over 50 years, Richard Simpson has volunteered 4,500 hours to record 150 books for the national charity Calibre Audio Library. Calibre provides audio books for people unable to read due to sight loss, dyslexia or physical disability.
A member of Lumley Lodge, No. 1893, Province of Lincolnshire, Richard is an actor whose appearances include being on Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In recognition of his contribution, Richard received a Silver Centurion accolade from the 1992 Whitbread Children’s Novel winner, Gillian Cross, at a special party.
Christine Ronaldson, head of literature and audio book production at Calibre, said, ‘We were given the wonderful news that Calibre was one of only 60 charities to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award. This is a fabulous recognition of all the time our readers, book reviewers and audio book checkers give to our charity.’
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated £50,000 to the Calibre Audio Library, based at Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The presentation was made by Provincial Grand Master Ray Reed, to Calibre director Michael Lewington and chairman Martin Findlay.
Calibre is a national charity which lends audio books to around 20,000 members across the