Even in the darkest days of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been rays of light from the amazing local heroes who have done their part to keep their communities going.
Whether it’s Captain Tom Moore raising millions of pounds for the NHS on his garden walks or Marcus Rashford campaigning to keep children out of school, kindness has spread across the country during this troubled time.
Alone Together has been with you since the start of the coronavirus outbreak and pays tribute to those local heroes. It has raised awareness about fundraising and campaigns from individuals, organizations and communities that we believe should make headlines.
Dan McLaughlin, podcast producer at Manchester Evening News, praised the “heartwarming” and “holy” guests who have appeared on the podcast so far.
He said, “This is exactly why we founded Alone Together: as an antidote to the constant stream of negative news and as a platform to tell these heartwarming stories.
“It was really humbling to hear from these wonderful, wonderful people. They are inspiring and almost sacred, and I hope it encourages more community.
“Their charitable acts have made us feel better, and I hope it made our listeners feel better too!”
The podcast also answers your frequently asked questions about the pandemic, shares fact-filled interviews with experts who provide tips and advice on topics ranging from practicing religion in lockdown to dating in the pandemic, checking our drinking habits to wearing our face masks , and more.
Following the conclusion of the second series, the team at Laudable Podcasts have produced a special episode, reflecting on their favorite moments so far.
Matt Millard, who both hosts and produces the Birmingham podcast, said putting the ‘Best Bits’ episode together was “emotional.”
He said: “It was quite emotional to look back on what we have achieved in the past eight months.
“We’ve had so many incredible guests and I’m super proud to be involved in this project to bring some positivity to a bleak time.”
All three hosts – Dan McLaughlin, Morven McIntyre and Matt Millard – shot the episodes remotely in three cities and two countries.
Morven McIntyre, who presents and interviews guests for the Edinburgh podcast, said the remote recording was a “daunting challenge” but it was very rewarding.
She explains, “It was really the way the bootstrapper approached podcasting, but I wouldn’t have had it any different.
“We have been able to reach guests from all over the world, such as America, and of course those incredible stories of kindness and resilience much closer to home.
“We hope we’ve created something great that listeners have enjoyed. A little bit of positivity in what seemed like a scary time. “
The Alone Together podcast will return for future episodes, including special episodes over the winter period.
You can listen to the ‘Best Bits’ episode of the Alone Together podcast here .
Alone Together is one Praise production from the newsrooms of Manchester Evening News, Edinburgh Evening News and Birmingham Live.