10 JAN 2014

Helen Grant visits British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Helen Grant visits British Wireless for the Blind Fund

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, dropped in to meet the team at British Wireless for the Blind Fund, and to hear about the wonderful work they do making audio equipment more accessible for people with sight loss.

Founded in 1928 by Captain Sir Beechcroft Towse, a Boer War veteran who had become Vice Chairman of the National Institute for the Blind (NIB), The British Wireless for the Blind Fund was created to ease the integration of blind, or partially sighted, people into society through the provision of wireless sets. Winston Churchill made an appeal on behalf of the charity on Christmas Day 1929.

These days, The British Wireless for the Blind Fund aims to provide high quality, and easy to use, audio equipment, which has been specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss. The radios are free for those who meet the charity’s criteria, with special care being given to provide a personal and friendly ordering and delivery service.

Speaking at the charity’s offices in Albion Place, Maidstone, Helen Grant MP said:

“It was a real pleasure to come and meet the team here at the British Wireless for the Blind Fund. They provide an invaluable service, and make a significant difference to people’s lives across the UK whose sight is impaired. Their drive to improve the accessibility of audio equipment, and radio, plays an important role in efforts to support the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Margaret Grainger, Chief Executive of the charity, added:

“British Wireless for the Blind Fund has flourished and expanded since establishing its head office in Maidstone in 2008. With Helen Grant’s support, BWBF aims to go from strength to strength in ensuring blind people have a level playing field with regards to radio technology, continuing their commitment to provide equipment free of charge to those who are most in need.”

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