SIGHT loss charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) has announced a new service which enables them to continue to support people living with sight loss in Lancashire throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

BWBF provides a range of specially adapted audio equipment including DAB/FM radios, USB (memory stick) players, CD players and more, all designed to make it simpler for someone living with sight loss to use. The equipment is given free of charge to those who meet BWBF’s criteria.

Ordinarily, this equipment would be delivered to the recipients’ homes by a BWBF volunteer who would install and provide training to the recipient. However, due to social distancing, this is no longer an option.

Therefore, the charity has launched BWBF Connect – a modified version of the standard service which will see the charity adapt how it supports its beneficiaries in Lancashire, many of which are vulnerable and isolated, especially during these challenging times.

The BWBF Connect service allows the recipient to receive their chosen piece of audio equipment via a doorstep delivery.

Further ongoing telephone support is offered to the recipient to ensure that they have successfully received, unpackaged and installed the equipment.

Hundreds of devices have already been delivered to people living with sight loss across the UK and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving a device, please contact BWBF on 01622 754 757 or

Sophie Wheldon

Regional Manager