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Radio scheme to help the blind through the pandemic

A SCHEME to provide special radios for people with sight loss has helped more than 600 vulnerable people since the start of the pandemic.

Now, the British Wireless for the Blind Fund is extending the programme to ensure that there is ongoing support for people self-isolating for age or health reasons.

The charity says that the devices play a significant role in delivering vital news and information, along with entertainment and a friendly voice and essential companionship at a time when many people are separated from their friends and families.

Sophie Wheldon, BWBF regional development manager, said: “Having never attempted anything of this scale before, we were naturally unsure about whether a socially-distanced installation and support service would be possible, but we have been completely overwhelmed by the success of the scheme. We are very proud to have been able to deliver more than 600 devices to people living with sight loss at a time when they really were needed most.”

To find out if someone you know is eligible for a free device under the BWBFConnect scheme, visit www.blind.org.uk or call 01622 754 757

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