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BBC Radio Leicester will celebrate everyday acts of kindness with the Make A Difference Awards 2023

Almost 11 million people have interacted across 39 local BBC radio stations.

BBC Local Radio wants to hear from Leicester residents about special people in their lives who have made a difference with everyday acts of kindness.

A tweet from BBC Radio Leicester said: "If there’s someone who really makes a difference in your community, give them the recognition they deserve. Nominate them for a BBC Radio Leicester Make A Difference Award."

The annual Make A Difference Awards sees every local BBC radio station across England get involved to help find remarkable individuals to recognise their positive contributions to their communities over the past year.

Chris Burns, Controller Local Audio Commissioning for BBC England commented: “I am really pleased that we will once again be celebrating the good things that people are doing where they live.

"Our audiences have faced tough times over the past few years and have contacted us to share their stories of how people are helping each other. It’s great that we can celebrate these unsung heroes.”

Finalists take selfies at a dinner table at the BBC Local Radio Make a Difference Awards
Make a Difference finalists

Make A Difference was established days after the first lockdown was announced in 2020. It is a virtual notice board where members of the public can offer help to or seek support from people in their local area.

To date, nearly 11 million people have interacted across all 39 local BBC radio stations.

The awards celebrate the heart-warming stories that we hear day-after-day, of people going above and beyond to make a difference where they live.

There are eight award categories that cover the unsung heroes of every community, including a new one this year – Bravery.



Awarded to an individual who makes a notable difference to the community by giving their time voluntarily to help out a good cause.

Community Groups

Awarded to a group of people who have helped to genuinely change the lives of others within the community.


Awarded to an individual or group of people who have gone the extra mile to raise funds for a good cause.


Awarded to someone who improves the life of an individual or group of people by caring for them on a regular basis.

Great Neighbour

Awarded to an individual or group of people who help to make the neighbourhood or local community a better place to live or work, either on a regular basis or through a single act of kindness.


Awarded to an individual who has shown outstanding courage, defiance and duty in the face of perceived danger, fear or difficulty. (hopefully this will appeal to blue-light people/military.)

The Green Award

Awarded to an individual or group of people who help to make where we live a better place for nature and the environment.

The Together Award

Awarded to an individual or group of people who encourage diversity within their community. They do this by creating real change and breaking down barriers, bringing people from different walks of life together for a common cause.

Nominations close on Sunday, March 5 at 11pm.

The winners will be announced at our Make a Difference Awards Ceremonies hosted by local BBC radio stations up and down the country in September.


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