BBC Make a Difference Cambridgeshire Awards

BBC Make a Difference Awards recognises and honours individuals making a positive impact in their community. It’s a chance to express gratitude to those individuals who are passionate about improving the lives of others.

These awards are used as a virtual notice board to provide aid to those who require it. The BBC has reported that over ten million people have been involved in Make a Difference across both local and national BBC radio stations to date.

This year 2023, the BBC chose many to appreciate. Sophie Etheridge, Zoe Harvey and Faustina Yang are only three individuals out of the many that we would like to introduce so you can get a glimpse into the incredible work volunteers are doing in our communities. 

Zoe Harvey was announced the winner of the ‘Together’ category at the BBC Make a Difference Cambridgeshire Awards. Zoe volunteers as a community football coach for players of all abilities and hopes to increase opportunities for more disabled players. 

Zoe herself began losing her eyesight at age 21 thinking the sport was ‘off her radar’. However, she made the choice to embrace it by falling in love with ‘blind football’.

Zoe works as a disability ambassador within football and does a fantastic job at increasing and pushing for further opportunities for all. 

'I'd make sure it was a level playing field for everybody'

Sophie Etheridge is a disabled endurance swimmer and coach based in Huntingdon who made us all proud by completing the longest ever one-way solo English Channel swim in 29 hours and 4 minutes (pending ratification). 

We first met Sophie earlier this year as part of our Diverse Workforce programme and are currently working closely with Sophie to deliver further community offers.

Sophie is making a significant contribution to raise the profile of disability swimming and demonstrating how there is widespread support within communities.

'It's about showing how disabled people can support each other as well'

Another winner on the evening was awarded to Faustina Yang, who embraces her culture and demonstrates that her community groups in the city are about bringing people together. 

Alongside many other roles Faustina leads the Chinese Women’s Community Group and the Chinese community, enabling others not to be afraid and making a lasting impact.


'I feel like I'm just a drop of water, and with them (community group) we form the river, we from the lakes, we form the ocean. We make a bigger impact and a bigger difference'

These amazing ladies have taken small steps to acknowledge and take action on a bigger issue. Living Sport extends its gratitude to everyone who is contributing in any way to make an impact. 

There are many more individuals to celebrate on BBC’s website: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – Make a Difference: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – Clips

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