How it all started...
In 2020, Doorstep Carols was broadcast on 35 local radio stations and covered by BBC Breakfast News, Channel 5, The One Show, and BBC Midlands Today and in national press. It led to amazing scenes of participation from individual streets and neighbourhoods up and down the country and raised tens of thousands of pounds for local and national charities.
The idea came from Katy Rink and Beth Heath in Shrewsbury, Shropshire who first persuaded their local radio station BBC Radio Shropshire to get on board and spread some cheer during the Covid-19 pandemic.
They say: "It's amazing to see people having so much fun with their neighbours and friends - people go to town with firepits, fairy lights, mulled wine and even street bands. We hope that the whole community will once again be able to join together in the street for Britain's big sing!
"Why not make an event of it? Turn it into the work Christmas party and raise some money for local charities, or host your own linked-in event. It's a wonderful Christmas tradition that brings everyone together and creates new communities on your doorsteps."
Doorstep Carols filming with The One Show in Mountfields, Shrewsbury in December 2020
The first ever Doorstep Carols during the Covid pandemic saw some wonderful scenes with people singing together across the nation.