The silent beauty of the Bradley

Molly with her guide dog UnisMolly Watt

This summer I took my A levels and was delighted with my results – I got two A*s in art and design and a C in English Lit/Lang. My parents congratulated me and bought me a few lovely gifts one being the Bradley Timepiece.

I had heard about “The Bradley” and thought it would be good for me, but on actually getting one I was elated as it was more than I had imagined.

The box it comes in is tactile and has Braille on it, whilst I’m not a braillist it is great that it has been made accessible in that way. On opening the box, which was a little fiddly, there were also Braille instructions which was impressive, for me instructions in large print would have been better or even a link to instructions I could access electronically.

First impression of my “Bradley” which has a mustardy yellow strap and a very stylish, retro looking face was classy and light. The strap was a little stiff but after a couple of weeks of wearing it it has softened and is much more comfortable to wear.

The face of the “Bradley” is very tactile with its markings for what would be the numbers on the clock, a triangle shape marking the ’12 o’clock’ at the top and the other numbers marked by dashes makes it easy to feel your way around it.

Molly wearing the Bradley TimepieceBradley doesn’t have hands, it has two small balls which show the time, the hour ball rotates around the side of the watch and indicates the hour and the minute ball rotates around the middle of the watch and indicates minutes. I did have to ask help in setting the time for the first time, however, I knew how to tell the time immediately.

I am the first to admit, as a result of my condition I am a little clumsy and prone to bumping into things, tripping and falling, whilst the Bradley is light so far it has been “Molly Proof” after several knocks it, with a shake of the arm, resets itself and remains unmarked and working perfectly. I love it.

Previous watches for the blind that I have tried have been digital, with large and bright LCD digital numbers and the ability to speak the time. This couldn’t work for me, not only is anything bright and glarey unacceptable for my blindness, being deaf a talking watch has little use, that said for those who do use these watches a talking watch in a meeting, lecture hall or anywhere in public is not ideal so the silent beauty of the Bradley is perfect.

I cannot tell you how many people have commented on my Bradley and that includes most of my friends and family who would like one just because it looks so good and quirky, it really is a looker and also a conversation opener which will be great for me as I head off to university later this month.

So impressed am I with my Bradley I am hopeful that my charity Molly Watt Trust will consider fundraising to fund or part fund these for other people with Usher syndrome.

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