Sunday 24 May 2020

Baby Basics

I've been filming with a national Christian charity which is based in Sheffield and supports new mums. Baby Basics has seen demand soar since lockdown started. They normally give essentials such as clothes, nappies and blankets to around seventy vulnerable new mums a month but now they’re helping four hundred and fifty families in that time.

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Wednesday 20 May 2020

Life of a GP in the Pandemic

I put together this story with the help of Sheffield GP Ollie Hart who is an absolute natural in front of the camera and very good at filming his own videos. Our aim was to show how much General Practice has changed since the start of the pandemic.

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Sunday 17 May 2020

University of Sheffield Volunteering

I've been named University of Sheffield's Alumni Volunteer of the Year for 2020 which I have to say I'm really chuffed about. Over the last few years I've been helping journalism students by mentoring them. For five years I was also a member of the Alumni Board which supports, advises and monitors  the effectiveness of the University’s alumni engagement programme.

I love being able to give back. I remember well what it was like as a student at the University of Sheffield and worrying about how I would break into the world of journalism. Talking to journalists about their careers really helped me back then and now, as a mentor, I have the opportunity to pass on the knowledge that I've acquired. All of the four students I've worked with over the years have been polite, enthusiastic and keen to learn. Two of them are now working for the BBC at a national level and I'm still in touch with them and proud to have played a small part in their success.

I'd really encourage fellow alumni to the University of Sheffield to volunteer, even if you have limited time to be able to do so. You can register your interest and look at the voluntary positions available here.

Sunday 10 May 2020

Clap for Carers Week 7

For the third time I put together the weekly clap for carers report for our late bulletin so it was a tight turnaround but I'm getting the knack of it now! The first shot I filmed on my iPhone after going for a run which culminated in the 2 minutes applause at Leeds Dock. I then rushed back to the BBC newsroom in Leeds to edit it.

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Wednesday 6 May 2020

Supporting the Frontline

Ethnic minority organisations in Sheffield are teaming up to support frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve been delivering food parcels to the most needy in the city and are hoping to make ten thousand face masks and shields for carers.

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Sunday 3 May 2020

Cancer & Coronavirus

I covered a really troubling story which reflected the impact coronavirus on cancer treatment and detection. The stats are alarming - nationally more than two thousand cancer cases are likely to be going undiagnosed a week and an estimated 18,000 more people could die from cancer.

I filmed with Ben Hurd from Goldthorpe in Barnsley. He should have been having ongoing chemotherapy but it’s been postponed because he’s at high risk of dying if he were to contract Covid-19.

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The making of the story included many firsts for me - the first story I've filmed myself since lockdown started, the first including a Skype interview I filmed at home and my first pkg edited at home.