BBC local radio Make a Difference Awards to recognise animals

BBC local radio’s Make A Difference Awards will recognised animals as well as humans this year.

For the first time Local radio listeners and members of the public can nominate and vote for animals that have made an outstanding contribution in their communities.

Animals that have had a positive impact in their communities by improving the life of an individual or group of people are now eligible too.

The new category is also open to those who work with animals to improve animal welfare.

Chris Burns, Controller Local Audio Commissioning for BBC England, said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and our listeners often contact us with stories of what their pets mean to them and how they are offering supporting them. So, we thought what better way to celebrate these achievements than with their own category at our Make A Difference Awards.”

Make A Difference’ was first set up at the start of the first pandemic lockdown and is a virtual notice board for those offering help and those needing support.

Chris added: “Our local BBC radio stations hear amazing accounts every day from our listeners about the incredible work that goes on in their community. Many have faced tough times recently, so I am delighted that we will be honouring our local unsung heroes once again. It’s those individuals that make where we live so special.”