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. 

Ray Reed said: “We are delighted to support the important work Calibre does. The money will help them towards the cost of converting the library into digital format. The Grand Charity is the main charitable organisation of English freemasonry, and provides grants to both masonic and non-masonic organisations.”

Calibre is a national charity which lends audio books to around 20,000 members across the UK, Ireland and other EU countries. Its members range in age from five to 105.

Published in The Grand Charity

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