BT and Home-Start UK light up BT Tower with children's messages



Home-Start UK has partnered with BT to share some of the wonderful messages received from young people thanking volunteers who supported their family during the Covid 19 pandemic.


The Christmas campaign is encouraging people to make nice things happen for others over the festive season, and was inspired by Max, a five year old boy from Lancashire, who thanked his Home-Start volunteer for supporting him and his disabled dad John with the simple message: “Our volunteer makes nice things happen.”


Max’s message is among 12 wonderful thank-you notes that will light up the BT Tower over 12 days. The messages will be displayed on the 190 metre high BT Tower from 9am to 5pm from Monday December 6 to Friday December 17.


Peter Grigg, Chief Executive of Home-Start UK, said: “It’s been a hard year for everyone, so this Christmas, Home-Start wants to not only thank our volunteers who were there for our families when things got tough, but also to encourage people to make nice things happen for others this festive season. What better way to get this across than in giant letters on one of the most iconic landmarks in the capital and through the eyes of children. We are absolutely delighted that our corporate partner BT has been able to help us share the real meaning of Christmas: simple pleasures, support, friendship and kindness.”


The BT Tower messages are designed to stop busy shoppers, residents and commuters in their tracks to take a moment to remember the real meaning of Christmas.



Lighting up the tower with the words of children has been made possible thanks to Home-Start UK being chosen as BT’s UK national charity partner.


Victoria Johnson, Campaigns, Charity and Engagement Director at BT, said: “Volunteers up and down the country do such amazing work all year round, so it's great to be able to share these thank you messages and show the impact it has, particularly on children.


“We partnered with Home-Start due to a shared vision of how digital technology can help improve people's lives. It's apt therefore that one of the most prominent digital screens in the UK can help share some kindness, particularly at this time of year.”


Messages for the “Make Nice Things Happen” campaign are:


“Our volunteer makes nice things happen.” Max 5, of Chorley, Lancashire.


“Our volunteer is dad’s friend” Akira 7, from Somerset.


"We love our volunteer." Tobias, 6, from Nottingham.


“Our volunteer is kind to me.” Matilda, 5, of Corby.


“Our volunteer makes mummy giggle.” Hope, 3, of Corby.


“Our volunteer helps us with homework.” Lennon, 7, of Northern Ireland.


“Our volunteer helps me with my speech.” Carson, 9, of Luton.


“Our volunteer is kind to mummy” Noah 4 of Wales.


“Our volunteers reads me dinosaur books” Oscar 4 of Somerset.


“Our volunteer climbs trees with me.” Lily, 6, of Chesterfield.


“Our volunteer plays Lego with us.” Jasper, 7, of Wokingham.


“Our volunteer does splashes with us.” Ziggy+Zen 2, of Dundee


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