Blind Sidcup resident chosen to front charity’s Christmas appeal

PUBLISHED: 14:18 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:24 03 November 2016

Sidcup resident John Baines

Sidcup resident John Baines


The appeal will stress the importance of friendship to those who have lost their eyesight

A blind Sidcup resident has been chosen to front a national charity’s Christmas appeal stressing the importance of friendship to those who have lost their sight.

John Baines, from North Cray, uses specially adapted audio equipment provided by British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) to give him access to news, information and entertainment - and a familiar, friendly voice.

His wife Janet is also blind, and the couple are to feature in BWBF’s 2016 Christmas appeal, which is based around the theme of friendship.

They also own one of BWBF’s Sonata Plus+ internet players, which can read audio content from websites at the touch of a button.

Mr Baines, 72, said: “You can be really lonely at times, there’s no doubt about that – it goes with sight loss.

“And you get bored at times too, but the radio has been brilliant.

“I’ve always got something to listen to. You can listen to a book or the radio. I have always loved music and a radio gives you that choice.

“A radio has got many roles – it can make you feel a bit less lonely.”

BWBF patron, broadcaster Sue Cook, said: “Every year, British Wireless helps more than 3,000 people combat the loneliness of sight loss. It is only thanks to generous support we can continue to provide a friendly, familiar voice, helping people feel connected to the world around them.

“We would be extremely grateful if you would be able to make a donation this Christmas to help us give the gift of companionship to more people like John and Janet.”

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