Nick Ross is a British radio and TV presenter, best known for fronting BBC's Crimewatch.
"Radio has always been precious to me - for information, for entertainment and often just for company.
"Like any friend it can sometimes be infuriating but I wouldn’t do without it and - dare I say this after a career spent more on TV than the steam radio? – I often gravitate towards the wireless rather than the television.
"At least I have that choice. To those without the benefit of sight, radio is not just a companion but a window to the world.
"That’s why, almost a century after it was founded, the BWBF is as important and wonderful as ever.
"I am honoured to be a patron."
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Around 40,000 blind and partially sighted people in the UK have one of our sets in their home. Read some of our recipients' stories and about how our radios reduce the sense of isolation, loneliness and depression sight loss can bring.
British Wireless for the Blind Fund exists to help improve the daily lives of visually impaired people who are unable to afford a specially adapted radio or combined radio/audio, by providing one on free loan where there is clear benefit to the individual.
British Wireless for the Blind Fund has been providing radios and audio equipment to visually impaired people for almost 90 years. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012, we have been able to fully research and bring together our history from 1929, when the first 100 crystal radio sets were issued, to the present day.
British Wireless for the Blind Fund was set up in 1928 by Sir Ernest Beachcroft Beckwith Towse VC, KCVO, CBE, a blinded Boer War veteran. After serving in the First World War as a staff officer working with the wounded in hospitals in France, he turned his energies to the service of the blind community.