Great re­cep­tion for char­ity’s 90th

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Blind veteran Si­mon Brown and gold medal-win­ning Par­a­lympian sprinter Souley­man Bah helped mark the 90th an­niver­sary of Maid­stone’s Bri­tish Wire­less for the Blind Fund.

Si­mon was a cor­po­ral in Iraq when he sus­tained fa­cial in­juries dur­ing a res­cue mis­sion in Basra, while Souley­man has a rare eye con­di­tion called RP.

Both were in Al­bion Place ear­lier this month to cel­e­brate the char­ity’s birth­day. It has been pro­vid­ing free, spe­cially adapted ra­dios to the vis­ually im­paired since 1928. They are bright yel­low, fea­ture raised mark­ings and de­liver very high qual­ity sound.

Saul Wat­son, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer, said: “Many of our users have de­scribed the ra­dios as the clock or news­pa­per they can no longer see. Peo­ple don’t have to wait for their friend or rel­a­tive to come round and help, they can do it them­selves.” .

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has re­cently de­vel­oped an app which au­di­bly guides users through tablet fea­tures to make au­dio ma­te­rial, such as pod­casts, ac­ces­si­ble.

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