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Christmas Appeal 2020

The challenges of this year have reminded us all about the importance of our friends, our family, and companionship. Think about lockdown: being confined to your home with your support network now at a distance. Imagine also being blind.

Many of the things that we all turn to for comfort such as the television, our books and our newspapers, aren’t always easy to access if you are visually impaired. During isolation the radio could be the only thing you can to turn to for news, entertainment and a comforting voice at home.

Anne Dalton, from Bexleyheath, “couldn’t have been happier” when she found out that British Wireless were still supporting people even at the height of the pandemic. Anne says: “I live alone and during lockdown couldn’t have visits from my grandchildren or children. Also due to my sight loss I can’t really watch TV or spend hours knitting like I used to.”

Anne started to lose sight in her right eye 5 years ago due to Macular Degeneration. Then late last year the 78 year-old also experienced sight loss in her left eye and her world changed completely. Soon after – as the nation faced weeks of isolation - the challenges of her visual impairment became even greater.

But British Wireless was there to reach out a helping hand.

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Every donation helps break the silence of isolation .

“With the radio things are different. It feels so good, and so easy- it really helps. Now I just sit back with a cup of tea and listen to my books.”

During Covid-19 British Wireless established the BWBFconnect service. Through doorstep delivery and on-going phone support we have been able to, safely, continue helping people across the UK who were already feeling isolated due to sight loss.

Anne says “It really helps having noise in the house all the time, it’s like being part of the conversation.”

Anne is just one of thousands of people that British Wireless has continued to help this year, and our support won’t end when the pandemic does.

British Wireless supports people struggling with sight loss throughout their lifetime. We will never stop reaching out to more people like Anne who find themselves in need.

“Someone was there to take care of me,” Anne said “I can’t thank British Wireless enough.”

During Covid-19 British Wireless established the BWBFconnect service. Through doorstep delivery and on-going phone support we have been able to, safely, continue helping people across the UK who were already feeling isolated due to sight loss.

Anne says “It really helps having noise in the house all the time, it’s like being part of the conversation.”

Anne is just one of thousands of people that British Wireless has continued to help this year, and our support won’t end when the pandemic does.

British Wireless supports people struggling with sight loss throughout their lifetime. We will never stop reaching out to more people like Anne who find themselves in need.

Now, we need your help to keep taking care of people during these challenging times.

We understand this year has been difficult, but a gift towards our work this Christmas will alleviate the loneliness experienced by so many more people like Anne.

Your support has never been more needed.

Donate today

Every donation helps break the silence of isolation .

British Wireless For The Blind Fund
Keeping everyone connected

In order to ensure that we can continue to support our beneficiaries during the Covid – 19 crisis, we have launched a brand new, short-term project called BWBFConnect.

BWBFConnect enables a person with sight loss to receive one of our specially adapted devices via a doorstep delivery.    The recipient will then receive a phone call from a member of BWBF’s team who will talk them through the set up and answer any questions they may have, ensuring that they get full use of the equipment.

Recipients who meet the charity’s eligibility criteria can choose from a range of devices

Hundreds of devices have already been delivered to blind and visually impaired people across the UK and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I live alone and, at the moment I can’t see my grandchildren or my children. But things like the radio help.”

“The radio is a respite from Covid. It gets overpowering when you’re by yourself and can’t talk to anyone.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving a device, please contact us on 01622 754 757 or sophie@blind.org.uk.

Important information about the BWBFConnect service:

  • The recipient will need to be able to take delivery of the device from their doorstep.
  • Recipients have the alternate option of waiting for a volunteer visit to set up the radio once the UK government have given us clear and definitive instructions that it is safe to do so
  • Delivery will be between 5- 10 working days

Finally, we would like to reassure you and your friends and family that we remain committed to the safety and well-being of our beneficiaries and that of our team.

Updated 04.08.20

Just  a few quotes from beneficiaries that we have managed to help during the current Coronavirus lockdown period.

“I live alone and, at the moment I can’t see my grandchildren or my children. But things like the radio help.”

“You feel someone else is there. It’s like being part of a conversation.”

“It’s extra company. It’s the first thing that I do when I come down in the morning – the radio goes on.”

“I’ve not been getting any post at the moment and I live alone – this has just been a God send.”

“It’s helped me keep my sanity.

“You put the TV on and all you get is sadness 24/7.”

“The radio is a respite from Covid. It gets overpowering when you’re by yourself and can’t talk to anyone.

“It’s in your head all the time. But I put my stations on and just chill – so it’s a total escape.”

 

Following on from our announcement about our new service, BWBFconnect, we now need your support.

Can you help us help the next 10 callers to our support lines?

Visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/BWBFconnect