Helping hands for the blind National Hospital Radio Nomination for the World Sight Day Show
Last year Helping Hands for the Blind, Dave Chatten Smith Chairperson and Alex Soto Secretary for the Charity joined Christine Rowley on Hospital Radio Basingstoke on 12 October for a special one off show on World Sight Day.
Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. Making the annual International World Sight Day into a Special 2 hour Hospital Radio programme has resulted in very exciting news for the two charities involved. It was announced by the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) on New Year’s Eve that the Entry for World Sight Day had reached the final 10 in the National Hospital Radio Awards 2018 nominations in the category Best Speech Package. Dave Chatten Smith said “as a local charity supporting children and adults who are blind or partially sighted throughout Basingstoke we are delighted that the HBA chose World Sight Day in their nominations. It is a really important message to everyone to take care of your sight which is why this day was created by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and awareness”
Helping to understand what it is like to have impaired vision Alex Soto went on air for the first time and talked about his own experience of becoming partially sighted, how he copes with everyday life. He said “that he still has hobbies and loves to take part in 10 pin bowls but needs sighted people to help”.
Christine Rowley came up with the idea to put together a special show on the actual day with clips from Helping Hands for Blind coffee morning as well as having the two guests in the studio. She explained “I wanted to help people understand what it is like to be blind or partially sighted and even went up on the wards and asked patients to guess what I handed them with their eyes closed.
Since October Alex has joined me as a regular guest once a month, he said “I love going on air but need someone to operate the equipment for me, radio is very comforting and it’s great to be part of it.”