Charity grant to aid blind people

News. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150807-174846001
News. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150807-174846001

Visually impaired people living in Hastings will benefit thanks to a grant received by a national charity.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF), which provides specially adapted audio equipment to blind and partially sighted people in the UK, has recently been supported by the Magdalen and Lasher Charity.

The Magdalen and Lasher Charity was founded in the thirteenth century and has been assisting families, schools and people in need in Hastings since then. It has donated £1,000 to BWBF to help people living in the area with sight loss.

The money will be used to provide BWBF’s popular multimedia players, the Concerto 2, to some of the town’s visually impaired people. As well as an easy to use radio, the set also has a CD player, tape deck, SD card slot and USB slot for users to play audio content in whichever format they choose.

Many visually impaired people are unable to read a newspaper or watch the television, and often spend a lot of time alone at home, so a radio is their way of accessing news, music, entertainment and information.

British Wireless is currently supporting almost 350 people in East Sussex, but there are around 600 more who are eligible for its service but not accessing it.

BWBF Trust’s officer Frances Fielding said: “We are so grateful for this grant and would like to thank the Magdalen and Lasher Charity for its support.

“We know from research we have undertaken that there are many more people we could be helping in East Sussex, so we hope this grant could help us reach some of them. As we receive no government funding, we rely on donations such as this to continue providing our service. Radio can be a vital lifeline to someone who has sight loss.”

To find out about BWBF,, visit www.blind.org.uk or follow @BritishWireless.

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