Shaun Williamson is an actor, singer, media personality, and occasional presenter, best known for his role as Barry Evans in EastEnders.
"It is a great honour to be a new patron for the BWBF, which has been providing specially designed audio equipment to listeners suffering with sight loss since 1928 and I look forward to raising money and awareness for their cause in the future.
"When I was at drama school (back in the middle ages!) we took part in an exercise where we went out in pairs and took it in turns to try and negotiate the streets of London blindfolded.
"Even for that brief time and knowing that it was only temporary, it was a terrifying experience. Try it, you’ll see what I mean.
"The least we can do is try and provide audible pleasures to the people who have been denied the use of optical ones."
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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.