A Manchester-based blind society has teamed up British Wireless to support more visually impaired people in Wigan.
British Wireless works with a network of agents across the country to provide its service to blind and partially sighted people.
We have recently linked up with Wigan, Leigh and District Society for the Blind, which is a small, local charity supporting people with sight loss in the area.
Because many visually impaired people often lead lonely lives, unable to read or watch the television, a radio can become their vital way of keeping in touch with the outside world.
At the moment, BWBF is supporting more 550 people in the Greater Manchester area, but from research it has carried out, estimates there are at least another 600 who could benefit from its service.
It is hoped the new relationship with Wigan, Leigh and District Society for the Blind will help them reach some of these people.
BWBF’s Regional Development Manager for the area, Sophie Wheldon, said: “We are very pleased Wigan, Leigh and District Society for the Blind has joined us as our agent for Wigan and the surrounding areas.
“We’ve done a lot of research into gathering data about the numbers of people with sight loss across the UK, so we know we could be reaching more people, we just need the local help to achieve this.
“We’re looking forward to working with the society.”
The society’s secretary, Anne Fairhurst, said: “Wigan, Leigh and District Society for the Blind is delighted to come on board with British Wireless.
“This will provide a valuable service and make a difference to people with sight loss.”
To find out more about the society, you can visit the website here.