BBC Make a Difference Campaign surpasses 150,000 calls!

More than 150,000 people have contacted BBC Local Radio’s coronavirus helpline since it was launched on March 17, and has seen the biggest response the BBC has ever had to a Local Radio campaign.


Make a Difference has already helped a NHS worker get to work when her car broke down in the West Midlands, delivered devices to patients in palliative care so they can video call loved ones in Middlesbrough and has raised awareness of local heroes keeping up morale by singing to people in care homes via virtual feeds in Cambridgeshire.

Chris Burns, Head of BBC Local Radio comments, “The response to the Make a Difference Campaign has been phenomenal. I want to thank all 39 stations and their teams both on and off air for bringing the very best stories to the airwaves, and genuinely helping people in a time of need.

“BBC Local Radio really is a friend to all and we will continue to deliver great stories, news and music to your homes to keep up some normality in this crisis.”