Free ra­dios on of­fer to help blind

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

VIS­UALLY im­paired peo­ple in Lan­cashire are be­ing in­vited to see if they are el­i­gi­ble for a free spe­cially adapted ra­dio from a char­ity.

Bri­tish Wire­less for the Blind Fund (BWBF) pro­vides the equip­ment to those with sight loss.

Ra­dio is a life­line to those who are blind or par­tially sighted as they of­ten lead lonely lives, un­able to read or watch the tele­vi­sion.

A ra­dio be­comes their vi­tal way of keep­ing in touch with the out­side world and also pro­vides com­pan­ion­ship.

BWBF is­sues sets to those who are reg­is­tered blind or par­tially sighted, over the age of eight, res­i­dent in the UK and in re­ceipt of a means-tested ben­e­fit.

The char­ity sup­ports more than 400 vis­ually im­paired peo­ple in Lan­cashire but es­ti­mates that there are at least an­other 1,000 who could ben­e­fit from its ser­vice.

It has launched a cam­paign called Reach­ing Out in Lan­cashire to try to help more peo­ple who are blind.

As part of this drive, the char­ity is con­tact­ing lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions for help with get­ting in touch with those peo­ple who could ben­e­fit from its ser­vice.

Lo­cal re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager So­phie Whel­don said: “We’ve done a lot of re­search into gath­er­ing data about the num­bers of peo­ple with sight loss across the UK and we know we could be reach­ing more peo­ple in Lan­cashire.

“We’ve got vol­un­teers ready and will­ing to dis­trib­ute our ra­dios so we’re hop­ing to be able to help the hun­dreds of peo­ple we know are out there and el­i­gi­ble.

“Our ra­dios are vi­tal to some­one who can­not see – they pro­vide news, in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment but also, more im­por­tantly, com­pan­ion­ship and a friendly voice.”

If you live in Lan­cashire and qual­ify for a ra­dio, or think some­one you know does, con­tact So­phie at so­ or phone 07540 724063.

To find out more about Bri­tish Wire­less for the Blind Fund, go to www.

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