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About The British Wireless for the Blind Fund

What we do

The British Wireless for the Blind Fund provides high quality, easy to use audio equipment which has been specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss.

All our radios are made available on Free Loan to Blind and Partially Sighted people who meet our criteria. If you don't qualify, our radios are also available to purchase through BWBF Direct.

BWBF offers a range of sets to meet different needs, from the simple DUET 2 digital radio to the comprehensive CONCERTO 2 and the SONATA PLUS, our unique wireless internet audio player, with an audible programme guide.

We aim to keep at the forefront of audio technology, responding to changing needs and technologies, investing in research and development to ensure our sets are equipping people for the needs of the future 

Click here to find out more about what we are doing now.

Our history

Winston Churchill

The British Wireless for the Blind Fund was founded by war hero Captain Sir Beachcroft Towse, VC, KCVO, CBE, who lost his sight in the Boer War in South Africa in 1900. Captain Towse was awarded the Victoria Cross for two acts of gallantry. For the first, in 1899 at the battle of Magersfontein, he supported a mortally wounded comrade until help arrived, and for the second, in 1900 on Mount Thaba, he and his force of 12 men succeeded in driving off 150 Boers despite being vastly outnumbered.

It was during this attack that Captain Towse received the serious injury that cost him his sight.

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Our patrons

We are delighted that these well-known celebrities are willing to support us - click here to read the reasons why these famous friends take an interest in our work.

Our Heritage

Chrystal Set

British Wireless for the Blind Fund has been providing radios and audio equipment to visually impaired people for 85 years.,

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012 British Wireless have been able to fully research and bring together the history of the Fund from 1929, when the first 100 Crystal radio sets were issued to the present day

Our Commitment

To Provide

  • a choice of high quality, specially modified audio equipment to every UK registered blind or partially sighted person, over the age of eight and resident in the UK who is in receipt of a means tested benefit.
  • audio equipment on a free loan basis for as long as the recipient meets our requirements

To Maintain

  • repair or replace audio equipment, free of charge to our free loan recipients.

To Continue

  • to monitor new developments in audio technology and endevour to adapt them to the needs of our recipients.