Visually impaired Coventrians invited to try out adapted radio - The Coventry Observer

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Visually impaired Coventrians invited to try out adapted radio

Les Reid 11th Jun, 2017 Updated: 11th Jun, 2017

VISUALLY impaired people in Coventry are being invited to see if they are eligible for a free specially adapted radio from a charity.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) provides the equipment to those with sight loss across the UK who meet its criteria.

It describes radio as a companion and connection with the world to those who are blind and partially sighted ‘as they often lead lonely lives, unable to read or watch the television’.

BWBF issues sets to those who are registered blind or partially sighted, over the age of eight, resident in the UK and in receipt of a means-tested benefit.

The charity currently supports almost 200 visually impaired people in Coventry but estimates there are at least another 250 who could benefit from its service.

British Wireless has launched a campaign called ‘Reaching Out in Coventry’ to try and increase referrals for its sets.

As part of this drive, the charity is contacting local organisations for help with getting in touch with those people who could benefit.

Regional development manager Simon Parsons said: “We’ve done a lot of research into gathering data about the numbers of people with sight loss across the UK and we know we could be reaching more people in Coventry.

“We’ve got volunteers ready and willing to distribute our radios so we’re hoping to be able to help the hundreds of people we know are out there and eligible.

“Our radios are vital to someone who cannot see – they provide news, information and entertainment but also, more importantly, companionship and a friendly voice.”

If you live in Coventry and qualify for a set, or think someone you know does, contact Mr Samuels at or phone 07540 724064.

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