Visually impaired people in  Torbay are being invited to see if they are eligible for a free specially adapted audio device from a leading blind charity.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) provides the equipment free of charge to those with sight loss across the UK who meet its criteria and has been doing so for 90 years.

Radio is a lifeline to those who are blind and partially sighted, providing companionship and helping them to keep in touch with what is going on in the world, as well as the local community.

BWBF is launching its ‘Reaching Out’ campaign in Torbay to increase awareness of their range of equipment and accompanying support services.

Regional Development Manager Sophie Wheldon, said: “Our equipment is designed so that a person with sight loss can use them easily and independently.  All equipment is delivered to the home by one of our support volunteers who sets it all up and provides help and advice to using it.”

“We offer a range of devices – digital radios, CD players, internet radio,  memory stick player and even a talking tablet.  Easy to use gadgets are vital to someone who cannot see – they provide news, information and entertainment but also, more importantly; companionship and a friendly voice. It’s much more than just a radio.”

If you live in  and you or someone you know is interested in a BWBF radio please contact Sophie Wheldon at or phone  01283 790 208 or 07540 724063.

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