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Memorial fund set up for BBC radio’s Helen Place, who has died after a short illness

A GoFundMe campaign has been established in memory of the BBC’s Helen Place, who passed away suddenly at the weekend after a short illness.

Place had most recently worked at 5 Live in Salford, and also served spells on the radio in Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, York during a two-decade-plus career with the broadcaster.

The fund’s organisers said it would honour Place’s memory, as well as directly benefit the two-year-old son who survives her: “We’re raising money in memory of our brilliant friend and colleague Helen Place,” they said.

“We’re devastated by the loss of a wonderfully straight-talking, vibrant, kind, clever and hilarious woman, who died last week after a short illness.

Her 20-odd year career at the BBC saw her work in Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, York and finally in Salford, where she worked for both Radio 5 Live and Money and Work.

This fund will honour Helen’s memory, and will directly benefit her two year old son, Stanley.”

Orwell Prize-winning Radio 4 journalist Annabel Deas was among those paying tribute on social media:

As was Eurovision 2023 media manager and current BBC Morning Live journalist and producer Laura Harmes:

BBC North West Tonight reporter Davinia Ramos also joined the tributes:

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