British Wireless for the Blind Reach Out

Visually impaired people 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.

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 offers equipment free of charge to those who have sight loss and are in receipt of a means-tested benefit.

BWBF is launching its ‘Reaching Out’ campaign to try and increase awareness about their equipment and help more people who are blind or partially sighted.

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

“We offer a range of equipment – digital radios, CD players, memory stick players, internet radio and even a specially designed app.  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 or someone you know is interested in a BWBF radio please contact Sophie Wheldon atsophie@blind.org.uk or phone  01283 790 208 or 07540 724063.

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A Cup of Kindness at The Spring

Report by Jan Collier

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Tea Cup Delight

It took little more than a week to transform one of Ewell’s oldest Inns into the kind of friendly restaurant and bar that you can enjoy with all the family. On Saturday 3rd November, The Spring Tavern, which dates back to the 1800’s, opened its newly refurbished doors to reveal a welcoming, warm wood  and brickwork interior with décor that embraces tradition with a  comfortably modern twist.

With the real log fires, very comfy armchairs in cosy corners and a mouth-watering  menu to suit all tastes, they’ve thought of everything from traditional to Vegan fare and desserts in a tea cup.

Manager Alex Oliveira  is delighted with the new style and very proud of his team, however he told EETN that prior to the refurbishment, he held a special last-minute auction of the Spring’s old fixtures and fittings, which otherwise would have been discarded. ‘I couldn’t let that happen,’ he said, ‘there were so many lovely things to treasure including special paintings by local artists and beautiful mirrors.’  The auction raised in excess of four thousand pounds, which Alex then kindly donated to the Royal Marsden.  Not everything was sold, though, and so in the New Year, he plans to hold a second auction  to raise funds for a charity of his choice. What a great idea.