It’s been two weeks since Global’s Make Some Noise Day which brings together all of Global’s radio brands Heart, Capital, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Radio X, Capital Dance, Capital XTRA and Gold to raise funds and awareness for small charities in local communities across the UK. As recipients of MSN funding we are so grateful for their fundraising efforts which help local charities to provide vital services to those in need across the UK. During the day Global presenters took on challenges and fundraising in aid of the eighth annual Make Some Noise appeal. For their challenge the hosts of Heart Breakfast, Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden, traveled across the country to speak to recipients if MSN funding about the impact it can have.Jamie THeakston, Amanda Holden, and Judy Vickers

Our Operational Director, Judy Vickers, had the chance to pop down to Heart Radio’s Manchester HQ to speak about Lifeshare’s work with Jamie and Amanda. Judy had the chance to explain all of the services Lifeshare offers including our Weekend Breakfast Project, our specialist young person’s service, and our seven-day Christmas Project. *Big news about the 2021 Christmas project is on the way soon for our dedicated volunteers so keep your eyes peeled for more on that this week.* Speaking with Jamie and Amanda, Judy emphasized that although homelessness is not something you plan for, it can happen to anyone, so support and empathy are vital.

Speaking about young people who had been helped by Lifeshare into accommodation and education after being in crisis Judy recalled “They say to me, Judes, you believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.” To hear her full interview you can click play on the button below.

Lifeshare has been lucky enough to receive support from MSN not just during Global Make Some Noise Day but throughout the last year. During lockdown Make Some Noise provided funding for us to assemble and distribute food parcels to temporary accommodations across Greater Manchester as well as designated food parcels for young people in crisis. This series of grants, over the winter months, in particular, was vital in our mission to fight food poverty.  Make Some Noise has also helped to fund the Manchester Digital Collective, Lifeshare’s digital inclusion initiative. The MDC collects phones, tablets, and laptops to help the digitally excluded in our city access data and build online skills. If you have an old phone or device you aren’t using, please click here to learn more about donating today to help us in this mission.

Over the course of Make Some Noise Day over £2.7 million was raised to support these grants in the coming year. We are grateful to continue to be recipients of MSN funding and awareness raising.