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11/28/2022 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/28/2022 11:02

Together at Christmas on Local BBC Radio across England

Published: 1:00 pm, 28 November 2022
Over the past few years we have heard inspiring stories about remarkable people who have won our Make a Difference Awards. We want to celebrate them once again by sharing their stories across our local radio stations throughout the wonderful festive period. Make A Difference is all about changing lives for the better and we hope local BBC radio is doing that.- Chris Burns, Controller Local Audio Commissioning for England

This Christmas, local BBC radio listeners will get to hear heart-warming stories about inspirational community heroes recognised for making a difference where they live. Throughout the festive period, local BBC radio will be celebrating the people who have won a BBC 'Make A Difference' award for their tireless efforts helping others in their own communities.

From Monday 26 December through to Friday 30 December you can hear these amazing stories on your local BBC radio station from 9-10am. They will be repeated in the evenings between 9-10pm.

The Make a Difference initiative was launched at the beginning of the Covid pandemic in March 2020, as a virtual notice board for those able to offer help and those needing support. To date, over ten million people have got involved in Make a Difference across all 39 local BBC radio stations.

Since the start of September, the BBC has been celebrating each local hero at special awards ceremonies across the country. At each of these events eight winners are announced across eight categories for each local radio station.

The categories were volunteering, fundraising, being a great neighbour, key worker, the together award, the environmental award, community group and caring awards.

Karol Swiacki, from Ukraine Relief in Bournemouth, won the volunteer award for BBC Radio Solent's Make a Difference Awards. He said: "I set up the charity to provide relief to refugees two days after the invasion of Ukraine. I want to dedicate the award to everybody working hard to save lives in Ukraine."

Robbie Fletcher won BBC Radio Leicester's fundraiser category. He raised over £11,500 for Loros Hospice - where staff cared for his mother before she passed away - through playing football matches and running 132 miles. Robbie said: "Fundraising makes me feel happy inside because I know I'm not the only one who's lost a parent, and the award nomination felt amazing. If someone does something for you that's helped you, you can do something to give back."

Teaching assistant Karen Roberts won the Radio Manchester Key Worker award for her dedication to Elms Bank Special Needs School in Bury where she has worked for nearly two decades. She said: "I'm proud of what I've done, I've supported pupils - it's not a job, but to see these young people achieve, then I know I've done something right."

Chris Burns, Controller Local Audio Commissioning for England says: "Over the past few years we have heard inspiring stories about remarkable people who have won our Make a Difference Awards. We want to celebrate them once again by sharing their stories across our local radio stations throughout the wonderful festive period. Make A Difference is all about changing lives for the better and we hope local BBC radio is doing that."

This Christmasif you would like to donatefood to Feeding Families at Christmasthen you can get more information here.

Listen to your local BBC radio stationon Wednesday 1 December from 6am,to hear more aboutwhat's to come this Christmas across England.

Other programming across Local BBC Radio this festive December:

  • Friday 23 December - 10-11pm - Here Our Communities Sing presented by BBC Radio Leeds presenter Sanchez Payne and loads of carol singing through your local BBC radio station.
  • On Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December - At midnight we will have an hour special of the Make a Difference - Keeping Faith at Christmas, programme which will be presented by Louise Hulland of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. It will feature uplifting, heart-warming and inspirational seasonal stories to put you in the Christmas spirit. These include a mother and son who have both beaten addiction, and rebuilt their relationship as well as hearing how Ukrainian refugees are celebrating their first Christmas away from home.
  • Also on Christmas Eve - Continuing as part of Keeping the Faith at Christmas, we take a look back at the Queen's faith as revealed through her Christmas Day messages; hearing from other faith groups about their work with the King, and discuss what King Charles III could say in his very first Christmas Day speech. As always, there will also be lovely carols and Christmas music across local BBC radio.
  • The Christmas Day service airs at 7am across all 39 Local BBC Radio stations and will be led by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. It will feature readings and prayers from people around England and we will also hear about the Warm Churches Schemes.
  • On Saturday 31 December at 6-8pm, we will bring listeners 15 years of BBC Introducing and hear about the artists and bands discovered by local BBC radio over the years.

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