VISUALLY impaired people in the county are being invited to check if they are eligible for a free, specially adapted radio.

The charity British Wireless for the Blind Fund provides free equipment to those with sight loss across the UK who receive means-tested benefit.

Sophie Wheldon, Regional Development Manager for Herefordshire, said: "Our radios are designed so that a person with sight loss can use them easily and independently.

"All equipment is delivered to the home by a volunteer who sets it all up and provides support in using it.

“We offer a range of equipment – digital radios, CD players, internet radio and even a specially designed app.

"Our radios are vital to someone who cannot see – they provide news, information and entertainment but also, more importantly, companionship and a friendly voice.”

BWBF is launching its ‘Reaching Out’ campaign in Herefordshire to try and increase awareness about their equipment and help more people who are blind or partially sighted.

For more information and to check if you or somewhere you know is eligible, call 01283 790 208.