UK360 - Episode 34 - Rachel Riley

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17 December 2012, 11:40

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Rachel Riley from Channel 4's Countdown is your host for this very special Christmas edition of UK360 – the programme that gives a voice to local communities across the UK.

With the countdown to Christmas in full swing, we've gift-wrapped several remarkable stories about the struggles many people face at this time of year, while celebrating those outstanding individuals who do their best to spread some seasonal cheer.

First up is Scope's Keep Us Close campaign. This wonderful initiative is all about giving disabled children and their families more time together by providing better support, closer to home. As part of their Christmas campaign, Scope asked a group of children what Christmas means to them, with some hilariously honest and heartwarming results. More information:

What does Christmas mean to you?
Friends of the Elderly have made a touching short documentary that attempts to find out what Christmas means to the people of Britain, and how important it is to appreciate one aspect in particular. More information:

Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, was formed in 1966 and runs a variety of different services and campaigns to aid those in need; one of which is a helpline running throughout the year, including the Christmas period. In this short film, we speak to the individuals who answer the calls and provide support to people when they need it most. More information:

Tesco Food Appeal
Everyone enjoys getting stuck into their Christmas dinner. But with poverty on the rise in the UK, some will find it difficult to enjoy one this holiday season. A recent Tesco campaign in partnership with FareShare and the Trussell Trust to try to change that.

The Journey of a Shoebox
In the last film, we visit a school in Bedford – one of the many organisations taking part in Operation Christmas Child, a campaign to send shoe-boxes filled with gifts to the less fortunate around the world. We follow a shoebox all the way to Liberia and Ukraine, and witness the effect receiving a Christmas present can have on those less fortunate. The appeal has been running since 1995 and is as important as ever today. More information:

If you have a film that showcases exciting, inspiring aspects of your community, or an issue that you wish to highlight, email us at for a chance to make an appearance on the next programme.

From everyone here, have a very Merry Christmas!

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