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Jo Meek | 11:43 UK time, Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas presents


5 live is to push the boat out this year by producing an ambitious live show on Christmas Day, broadcast direct from a children's home.

The 25th December, of all days of the year, is the one most of us associate with home and family, particularly children. But what about those children spending an unconventional Christmas, perhaps in a home that isn't their own, or being looked after by adults other than their parents?

Three months ago we approached The Together Trust, a charity with over 140 years' experience of helping children in the North West overcome challenging circumstances. The Trust provides a whole array of services, including specialist residential care, adoption and social work.

Presenter Sam Walker and myself have been travelling around the North West meeting the people who help make Christmas special for children who need extra support, for a whole variety of reasons.

Care workers have been telling us what makes their hard work worthwhile, parents opening up about the relief that a helping hand can bring, and children sharing with us their Christmas treats and New Year's resolutions.

We've heard eye-opening, heart-warming and inspiring stories and can't wait to share them with listeners - in-between ripping opening presents and getting the biggest dinner of the year in the oven.

You can listen to Children's Home at Christmas at 10am on Christmas Day. It will also be available on iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

Jo Meek is a producer for Children's Home at Christmas



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