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BWBF response to MPs’ charity report.

There has been much publicity around the fundraising practices of some charities lately which we would like to respond to. A report by MPs, made public on Monday, 25th January, has found that unless the sector can “clean itself up”, the fundraising activities of UK charities could be controlled by law. It comes following the news last year that elderly and vulnerable givers were being targeted and donors’ information sold on by some causes. While MPs have said they know most organisations do not engage in these practices, it can still damage the reputation of many charities who are working hard in their communities to make a difference to people who need them. British Wireless for the Blind Fund would like to assure all of its supporters that we do not and never have engaged in any form of unscrupulous fundraising. We have never sold any details onto a third party and nor do we bombard donors with constant demands for money. We pride ourselves on our personal service and we take our responsibilities to our donors very seriously.

We make sure we only make contact with our supporters in the ways they have requested, or not at all if that is their wish. Our trustees keep a close watch over the way we operate and will request changes if there is anything they believe should be adjusted. Last summer, after the news first came out, BWBF conducted its own survey with donors to ensure they were happy with how we made contact with them, giving them the opportunity to state their preferences. On the whole, the feedback we received from our supporters was very positive and they were happy with the way BWBF conducts itself. Any changes requested by donors were made to our database and we are confident in saying our communications are carried out in accordance with their wishes. Chief Executive Margaret Grainger said: “We are disappointed to see the news this morning that, despite warnings last year, some charities are still engaging in these invasive fundraising practices. “Unfortunately, things like this can tar all organisations with the same brush.

“We are a small charity which relies on the generosity of our supporters and negative publicity like this can be very damaging. “We hope those who do support us will continue to do so and we would like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you. “Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to continue providing our vital service to blind and partially sighted people.”

British Wireless for the Blind Fund brings new light into lives of the visually impaired

Thanks to a very generous grant from the Freemasons Grand Charity, British Wireless for the Blind Fund will now be able to replace the former version of its text to speech wireless internet audio player, being used by our blind and partially sighted beneficiaries. The grant will make it possible to provide a new generation ’Sonata plus+’ to 110 current set users, allowing us to complete the active programme of replacement that was started earlier on this year.

David Beard commented “Having the opportunity to bring ‘Sonata plus+’ into the homes of blind and partially sighted people means we can continue to shine a never known light into their worlds, giving almost instant access not just to radio stations worldwide, podcasts and audio books which the old model facilitated, but to live web-content and books read by the inbuilt text-to–speech engine. Grants such as this are essential to our work to keep us at the forefront of technology, providing 21st century listening solutions. The Sonata Plus is the only set in the World that has fully spoken menu options and content, giving hours of listening options on a daily basis”.

BWBF Research Reports

Download the report on the telephone questionnaire conducted with set recipients (2014).

Download the report on the telephone questionnaire conducted with set recipients (2013).

Download the report on the attitude and opinions of blind and partially sighted people into the digital switchover.

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Then head over to the brand new BWBF Direct website today!

We’ve built our new product website to help make it easier for you to decide which radio is best for your needs. Wether it’s the portable Concerto 2 with DAB/CD/Cassette/SD/USB or the funky new BoomBox Plus with USB/MP3 and FM radio, there’s loads of new and exciting products to choose from, for both the visually impaired and everyone else!

Digital Radio Switchover.

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