Foundation funds radios for Bristol and South Glocs visually impaired

Fifteen visually impaired people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire will receive new, specially adapted radios thanks to a grant.

The James Tudor Foundation has given £1,759 to British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF).

The radios, which are designed to be easier to use for people with sight loss, help give them a link to the outside world as many visually impaired people are unable to read a newspaper or watch the TV.

There are around 40,000 people around the country who have a BWBF set, and last year more than 60 were given out in the Bristol and Gloucestershire area alone.

The grant means 15 people who have previously been given older, non-digital sets by the charity will be able to get a newer model.

BWBF provides radios to people who are registered blind and partially sighted and who meet its criteria.

The charity’s Regional Manager for the area, David Loveridge, said: “We are so grateful to the James Tudor Foundation for its fantastic support of our work.

“Our radios make such a difference to people living with sight loss and to be able to provide new ones to people who are already enjoying them is great.

“Our recipients always tell us how much their sets mean to them and that they wouldn’t be without them.

“We still have other recipients with older, pre-digital sets in the area but this grant is a fantastic start for us to begin the process of replacing them.”

James Tudor Foundation Director Sarah Stewart said: “The James Tudor Foundation is delighted to support the work of British Wireless for the Blind Fund in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.”