Linda Fitchett has been supported by British Wireless for the Blind Fund for more than 40 years and currently has one of our Concerto 2 sets.
The 61-year-old was born with a condition called microphthalmia, which means her eyes didn’t develop correctly.
Linda had a small amount of vision in her left eye until she was in her 30s but then she contracted glaucoma which left her with no vision at all.
She said: “I’ve lived with no vision for 20 years, so it’s part of my life.”
Linda, from Rainham, Kent, works part-time as a teaching assistant in a secondary school, supporting visually impaired students by teaching Braille and basic computer skills.
She got her first radio from BWBF in 1972.
“It was a red and brown one and I thought it was absolutely brilliant,” she says.
“I have always had BWBF radios and I know they’ve changed with the different technology.
“They are good quality. My Concerto has a CD player which I still use, despite the fact I have an iPod and there’s even a tape deck which can be useful if you need to record something.
“I think BWBF is a really important charity. I’ve used the radios for many, many years and it’s definitely worthwhile.
“Radio is absolutely essential, especially for someone who might be housebound and can’t see the TV.”