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Welcome to British Wireless For The Blind Fund

Living with sight loss can be lonely and isolating, causing many to revert into themselves only making this issue worse. The British Wireless for the Blind Fund aims to ease these feelings by providing the joy of sound along with the companionship of radio.

We supply specially adapted audio equipment to those who would not usually be able to afford it, on a free loan to visually impaired people all across the UK.

We are not government funded so it is thanks only to the continued generosity of our supporters that we can carry on helping people who need it the most.

The number of people living with sight loss is set to double to more than 4 million by 2050, and we aim to make life for those suffering better.

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 (link to our radio page here)

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.

Important information about the new BWBFconnect service:

  • Our eligibility criteria will remain the same
  • Will you be happy and are you capable of receiving a couriered doorstep delivery?
  • Our main customer support telephone line 01622 754 757 will be available Monday to Friday between 9am & 5pm where we will take your information and arrange for a volunteer or staff member to ring you at your convenience to talk you through the operation of your new radio
  • You will also receive a follow up call from one of your team of volunteers 7 days later
  • You will also have the alternate option of waiting for a volunteer visit to set up your radio once the UK government have given us clear and definitive instructions that it is safe to do so

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

You will also be able to find updates on our social media platforms by searching for the hashtag #BWBFconnect

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