A CHARITY in York has been given almost £1,000 to help people with sight and hearing loss stay independent.

A grant from Leeds Building Society Foundation has allowed The Wilberforce Trust to buy an adapted tablet with a large font, and a virtual assistant.

They will be used as teaching aids to show how technology can help with day to day tasks including reminders to take medication,turning on lights and contacting friends.

Gary Brook, head of corporate communication at Leeds Building Society and a Foundation trustee said: “We’re delighted to be able to support this project. Introducing those with sight and hearing impairments to the latest technology offers the potential to make such a difference to people’s lives.”

Anne Parkinson, Fundraising Manager at The Wilberforce Trust, said: “People with sight and hearing loss have told us they want to be independent and manage things themselves instead of relying on friends or family.

“We know that many people with sight and hearing loss struggle to engage with new and existing technologies and apps which can help them with everyday living.”