Rough sleepers are enjoying an endless source of news and entertainment through ATDI’s donation of 25 wind-up radios.
The gift of the radios is part of the company’s celebrations for its 25th anniversary year. Managing director Sarah Byrne comments: “Every day, ATDI sees the value of radio in all its applications for pretty much the whole of society. The one part of society excluded from that is rough sleepers so we wanted to do what we could to bring them some of the benefits and pleasures the rest of us get from radio communications.”
The radios were distributed throughout Brighton and Hove by Brighton-based independent charity The Thunor Trust. Chief volunteer Ella Bunce comments: “It’s very easy to forget just how boring it is when you spend your life on the streets. Most of us have a world of entertainment at home but when you have no home, your entertainment opportunities are reduced to pretty much zero. These wind-up radios will go a long way to increasing that, as the delighted responses from rough sleepers have already shown us.”
ATDI’s gift of the radios follows on from the company’s donation of sleeping bags to rough sleepers in Brighton, London and Canterbury at the beginning of the year. “It is the nature of ATDI’s business that we have our heads in the clouds,” Sarah notes, “but we also have our feet on the ground so we are always very conscious of the people who have to make their lives upon streets.”