KEEP CALM SWITCHOVER is a campaign run by THE BRITISH WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND FUND. The campaign has been setup to raise awareness of the digital switchover of radio and highlight any issues and/or concerns affecting people living with sight loss and also professionals working within the sight loss sector.
The website is designed to be an online resource which allows people to access information and news regarding the digital switchover.
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. The idea for the Fund was born in 1928 when Captain Towse received a visit from two close friends while on a long stay in hospital. Eager to help relieve the monotony of his hospitalisation, they rigged up a makeshift wireless set – earthed to a nearby radiator. This revelation transformed the Captain’s life and inspired him to create the Fund.
The Fund was officially launched on Christmas Day 1929 by Winston Churchill who broadcast an appeal, live, from his home in Chartwell with an impassioned appeal for money to buy wireless sets. In those days a reliable radio cost just £2 and Fund volunteers would visit each recipient once a week to collect their radio batteries for recharging.
Today, 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.
THE BRITISH WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND FUND 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.