Episodes

Episode 1: Dave Borlace

In this week’s episode, we hear how a man from a family of coal-miners has turned his attention to raising awareness on the dangers of Climate Change.

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Episode 7: May

Do you remember that iconic moment the first UK vaccine was administered? Well, this week, we will be hearing the story of the nurse who provided that vaccine, her name is May Parsons.

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Episode 5: Ella & Luke

In this week’s episode, we get to hear the voices of children and a parent who has been impacted by lockdown. Andrea has spoken previously on the podcast but this time she is accompanied by her eldest daughter, 9-year-old Ella, and her son, 7-year-old Luke. 

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Episode 4: Carlos

In this episode, we meet Carlos: a single father of a 10-year-old daughter and a fifteen-year-old son. We hear about the struggles Carlos has faced in trying to support his son in the midst of his son’s antisocial and sometimes violent behaviour.

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Episode 3: Matthew

In this episode we learn about Phoebe from the perspective of her father, Matthew. Phoebe is a nine-year-old girl who happens to have Down’s Syndrome. Matthew recounts his experiences of what it is like to raise a child who is so often labelled by her condition.

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Episode 2: Chrissy

This episode introduces us to Chrissy, a woman who has many strings to her bow, including being a tutor, a coach and a poet. She was living on her own in London when the lockdown was announced and she found herself feeling particularly isolated. As a result, when there was a call for people to help at her local food bank, she answered that call immediately.

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Episode 1: Mike McCarthy

This episode of Our Voices looks at the heartbreaking struggle of Ross: a son, father and finacé who took his own life in the midst of lockdown at the age of 31.  We hear from Ross’s father, Mike, who reflects on the challenges his son faced and how, as a society, we could do more to help those who are battling serious mental health challenges.

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Episode 7: Tony Jeffries

In this week’s episode, we hear the story of former Olympic boxer, Tony. He grew up as a “tall, skinny, freckled kid” in Sunderland. One of his first challenges was dealing with a pair of bullies who were picking on him at school.

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Episode 6: Susie Rogers

This episode introduces us to Susie: a gold-medal winning former Paralympic swimmer, who had to overcome the odds on multiple occasions in order to achieve at the highest level.

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Episode 5: Tom Bosworth

This episode introduces us to Tom: an Olympic race walker who has come from growing up in rather sheltered conditions in Kent to holding three world best titles and six British records.

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Episode 4: Holly Bradshaw

This episode takes a contemporary look at the Olympic experience through the story of Holly Bradshaw. She is a pole vaulter who is preparing to compete in her 3rd Olympic Games in Tokyo. Holly talks about the anxieties she experienced as a child when doing sport for the first time and how these anxieties resurfaced as she was exposed to the challenges that come with being a high-profile athlete.

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