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England rugby star stands up to bullying

Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation Awards

Andover’s local radio station has been nominated for a national community award, hosted by England rugby star Ben Cohen.

95.9FM Andover Radio will be attending a virtual award ceremony this evening (Thursday 19th November) after being shortlisted for the ‘StandUp 2020 Community Group Award’ which recognises organisations and people that make proactive efforts to reduce bullying while supporting their communities.

The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation was started in 2012 by former rugby union international Ben Cohen. A spokesperson for the Foundation said, “Ben was moved to launch the Foundation following the terrible events of his father’s death when he was fatally injured trying to protect an employee.”

The Foundation is the world’s first that’s dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying.

Andover Radio’s Community Manager Ella Palmer added, “We are so honoured to be considered for this amazing award.

“To be nominated is a real testament to our growing group of committed and passionate volunteers and community workers who work tirelessly to support others around Andover.

“As a volunteer organisation, we understand and support those who may have had difficult lives, in particular those who find it difficult to integrate with society because of previous bullying, troublesome or other ‘psychological preventative progression’ issues.”

Andover Radio runs a series of community projects through its National Lottery funded #LoveBus. These include social isolation reduction activities and the new #AY (Andover Youth) sessions with Andover’s Yellow Brick Road Project.