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Thousands of people in their seventies are set to get a free digital radio as the BBC and manufacturers try to combat loneliness brought on by the coronavirus lockdown.
The Government ordered Brits to stay inside on Monday for at least three weeks, except for essential work, medicines, daily exercise and weekly shopping.
And while this should help slow the spread of the virus, there may be a knock-on effect of growing loneliness and deteriorating mental health – especially for older people who may already feel isolated.
To help reduce the effects of the quarantine on older people, radio manufacturers have donated digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radios and are working with local BBC radio stations and loneliness charity Wavelength to distribute them.
Loneliness can have a profound impact on mental health (Unsplash)
Tony Hall, the Director-General of the BBC, said: “Local radio is a lifeline at this time and has never been more important as a source of trusted local news and information, and also as a companion for people who are isolating…
“We want everyone who needs access to the radio to have it, that’s why we’re giving away DAB radios. I’m proud we’ve been able to coordinate this initiative with our partners who have been so generous in offering their resources.”
Nominations for radio recipients are open here: www.wavelength.org.uk/radiohero