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VIDEO: Jasmine sings of her delight as new technology broadens her horizons

A teenage bookworm is hoping to get fresh enjoyment out of her favourite novels thanks to the efforts of her teacher.

Jasmine Steel suffers from degenerative sight conditions which means she is slowly losing her sight.

Smile For Life Children's Charity Chief Executive Paula Gascoigne and teacher Christian Hebron watch Jasmine Steel use her new machine. Picture by Jane Coltman

Smile For Life Children's Charity Chief Executive Paula Gascoigne and teacher Christian Hebron watch Jasmine Steel use her new machine. Picture by Jane Coltman

One of the 18-year-old's biggest enjoyments out of life was reading but her condition has left her unable to read books - until now.

Her teacher Christian Hebron, at Percy Hedley School, in Killingworth, took part in a Coast to Coast cycle, raising £1,000 towards a machine to help her read again.

And on Tuesday, she was given a chance to test out the machine by Humanware.

The fund-raising is being supported by Smile For Life Children's Charity which are looking to crowd-fund the rest of the £3,000 needed to buy the machine.

Jasmine and the machine which will enable her to read again. Picture by Jane Coltman

Jasmine and the machine which will enable her to read again. Picture by Jane Coltman

As Jasmine says - all her life things are changing every day.....