This accessibility statement applies to the St Peter's Hospice website at We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

We've also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

We aim to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

AbilityNet ( has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar

We have added the Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar to our website to make it accessible and inclusive for as many people as possible.

It helps the one in five people in the UK who have a disability, including those with common conditions like sight loss and dyslexia, to access this website in the way that suits them best.

It also meets the needs of the one in ten people in the UK who don't speak English as their first language, by being able to translate our web content into over 100 different languages.

How do I access the Recite Me toolbar?

You can open the Recite Me language and accessibility toolbar by clicking on the button which has audio, font size and language symbols in the header of our website.

After you click on the button, the Recite Me toolbar opens and displays a range of different options for customising how the website looks and how you can access the content.

How does Recite Me help me access this website?

Recite Me helps people to access our website to do the things they need to do, like find information about how to access our services. The Recite Me toolbar has a range of functions. You can use it to:

  • Have the text on our website read aloud
  • Download the text as an audio file to play it where and when it suits you
  • Change font sizes and colours
  • Customise background colour
  • Translate text into more than 100 different languages
  • Access a fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus

How to use the Recite Me toolbar

Below you will find a guide to using all of the features on the Recite Me toolbar, as well as keyboard shortcuts and FAQs.

Screen Reader

The following will guide you on how to use the Recite Me toolbar to read text aloud.

Back: Rewind to the previous paragraph of text
Play: Click the Play button to read the text aloud
Forward: Skip forward to the next paragraph of the text

  • All content read aloud in a natural voice.
  • 65 different language options.
  • Speed controls and Word by Word highlighting for total customisation.
  • Audio download to listen to content offline.


The following will guide you on how to use the Recite Me toolbar to add a ruler, use a screen mask, magnifier, dictionary, and margins.

Ruler: Click the ruler icon to enable the reading ruler.
Screen Mask: Will create a letterbox for focused viewing of a section of the page, click on the screen mask button.
Magnifier: Click and drag the magnifying glass to magnify text on the screen.
Dictionary: Highlight a word and click the dictionary button to find the definition.
Margins: The margins button will appear when plain text mode is enabled. Select the dropdown to change the text dimensions by narrowing the width of the text column.

  • Ruler to read line by line.
  • Reading mask to eliminate distraction.
  • Magnifier to zoom in sections of text.
  • Fully integrated dictionary and thesaurus on site.
  • Margins to reposition text in text-only.


Increase: Click the "+" icon to increase the font size
Decrease: Click the "-" icon to decrease the font size
Font: Click the "Aa" icon and select your font.
Colour: Change the background, text, and link colour, click on the colour wheel icon.
Text Mode: Click the plain text button to strip all the styling from the page.

  • Text size and colour
  • Website background colour
  • Text font type, including Open-Dyslexic.
  • Text only mode to eliminate all styling, much like a Word document.


Translation: Click the translate button and select language from the dropdown list, this will translate text into a different language.

  • Translates on demand all your web content into over 100 languages including 65 text to speech voices.


Settings: Adjust your Recite settings.
Reset: This will restore the default settings.
User Guide: This will give you an overview of the Recite Me Toolbar Features.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Tab - To move to the next toolbar button.
Shift+Tab - To go backward
Spacebar - To select a button and to change toggles
CTRL + Right - play next element
CTRL + Left - Play previous element
CTRL + ALT+ P - play the current element
CTRL + ALT + F - show font menu
CTRL+ ALT + C - show theme menu
CTRL + R - Enable/Disable ruler
CTRL + D - Enable/Disable dictionary
CTRL + L - Show translation languages
CTRL + X - Enable/Disable text-only mode
CTRL + M - Show page margin settings
CTRL + Shift + O - Show/Disable settings menu
CTRL + S - Save settings


Q: Do I need to download anything to enable Recite Me?
A: No. Recite Me is cloud-based software so there is no need to install anything on your computer.

Q: How do I launch the Recite Me toolbar?
A: To launch the Recite Me Web accessibility toolbar you will need to click on the button which has audio, font size and language symbols in the header of our website. This will then launch the toolbar, which will appear at the top of the page.

Q: How do I disable the Auto-Read?
A: To disable the auto-read you need to click on the button marked "Settings". This will give you a list of three functions to choose from. You need to click on the bottom to the right of the option marked "autoplay" this will then disable auto-read.

Q: Does Recite Me work across different operating systems and mobile devices?
A: Yes, it works on multiple devices and operating systems including Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, and Windows devices.

Q: Can I save my settings?
A: Yes. Once you create an account, you can save you settings, so the website appears exactly as you need it every time you visit.

Q: How do I change the language?
A: To change the language of the website that you are viewing you need to select the button marked "Languages". This will then produce a drop-down list of all the languages that Recite Me offers translation to. Find the language that you want from the list and press on it, the site will then be converted to that language.

Q: How do I create an audio file?
A: To create an audio file first turn of the AutoPlay option located within the setting button. Highlight the section of text that you wish to create into an MP3. Once highlighted select the MP3 button from the toolbar. You will then see a message telling you that your file is being created. Once created you will see the file appear ready at the bottom of the web page. You can now either listen to the file created or save it to a location of your choice.

Q: How do I turn Recite Me off?
A: To close the Recite Me toolbar simply click on the icon marked "Close" to the right of the Toolbar.

Feedback and contact information

We're always looking to improve the accessibility of our website. If you find any problems, think we're not meeting accessibility requirements, or need information on this website in a different format please contact us or call on 01275 391 400.