Radio 1 presenter heads to Corby for volunteering campaign

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People in Corby are being urged to keep an eye out for BBC Radio 1’s Chris Stark as he embarks on a challenge to get as many people volunteering as possible.

Stark, who is DJ Scott Mills’ sidekick, is visiting the town to record a documentary to be broadcast just before Christmas.

The #1MillionHours campaign is a volunteering initiative designed to motivate the station’s young listeners to pledge their time to good causes over the next 12 months.

Stark and his team will arrive in Corby at 11.30am today (Thursday) and leave at the end of Friday. He will be using whatever guerrilla tactics he can to get people to pledge anything from an hour having tea with an elderly neighbour as a one-off to giving a commitment to a charity shop.

Chris’ main aim is to get all one million hours of the year-long campaign done and dusted in Corby over two days, turning it into the model ‘volunteer town’.

Ben Cooper, controller at Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: “I want BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra to be a force for good in the UK and magnify all the positive work that young people do for others.

“So we’re very proud to be working alongside some of the most experienced organisations in the country to reach one million hours of volunteering.”