Business in Wyfordby donates visual aid devices to assist children and the elderly

A Birch Wood student benefits from one of Bierley's electronic magnifying devices PHOTO: Supplied
A Birch Wood student benefits from one of Bierley's electronic magnifying devices PHOTO: Supplied
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A business which manufactures low vision aids to help people with visual impairments has donated some of its products to help children and the elderly.

Bierley, who are based in Wyfordby, have given Birch Wood Special School and Scalford Court Care Home pieces of ex-demo equipment to help aid people’s sight.

Mark Statham from Bierley, and Scalford Court activities co-ordinator Sue Ward with resident Ray Shaw, using the 'mono mouse' reading aid PHOTO: Tim Williams

Mark Statham from Bierley, and Scalford Court activities co-ordinator Sue Ward with resident Ray Shaw, using the 'mono mouse' reading aid PHOTO: Tim Williams

The company, which has been in business since 2002, makes electronic magnifers for anyone with vision loss. They help magnify text and other small print.

Mark Statham, Bierley’s general manager said: “Some of our products that have been returned to us have become outdated and so rather than recycle them we thought 
it would be a good idea to repurpose them in some of the local schools and nursing homes.

“The difference between a normal magnifying glass and ours is that a normal one will magnify something maybe five or six times, where as ours have a lot greater specification to help read text.

“We’ve previously donated products to people in countries like Afghanistan and Isreal and are planning to help other care facilities.”

Bierley make four different types of electronic magnifiers. These include television mouses, portable devices, USB mouses for the computer and desktop devices.

Pia Delucchi, who teaches key stage four pupils at Birch Wood school, said: “The mono mouse device we’ve received from Bierley has allowed us to magnify the children’s writing.

“The pupils’ have also been learning about personal hygiene and have recently been looking at each other’s hair. Thanks to the device they are able to zoom in.”

Sue Ward, leisure and recreational activities coordinatior at Scalford Court Care Home, said: “We have 54 residents staying with us and many are paritally sighted. The two devices which Bierley have given to us allow the residents to read with carers and their families.

“The electronic magnifiers have been a fabulous addition and have really improved the residents’ leisure time.”

For more information about Bierley or any of its products visit www.bierley.com