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: