Vicky McClure designs new 'Listening Bench' in Lister Gate

The fabulous local actress and campaigner, Vicky McClure designs a new 'Listening Bench' that is situated in Lister Gate, Nottingham.

The bench is one of six benches part of Good Morning Britain's One Million Minutes campaign that aims to tackle loneliness at Christmas by people volunteering their time to help and talk to people.


Christmas time can be the most hardest time of the year and leave many feeling alone, this campaign helps charities such as Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer's Research UK, Grief Encounter, Crisis, Re-Engage, Chatty Cafe Scheme and the Royal Voluntary Service, all which help many people from all different backgrounds and stories who may feel alone.

It has never been more important for us to talk about feeling lonely, especially after the acute isolation that lockdown has caused millions of people across the world. This year GMB is looking at the many faces of loneliness, recognising it in ourselves and others.

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the British public's generosity has seen almost a quarter of a billion minutes donated to charities looking for volunteers to connect with those who feel lonely.


As being local Nottingham born, Vicky was chosen to represent the the city with her amazing work already with the Dementia Choir and Alzheimer's Society.


Vicky appeared on GMB to talk about her reasoning and inspiration behind the bench that is located off Lister Gate and Low Pavement.

She spoke to Susanna Reid and Martin Lewis; "Because of things like Instagram and just the way way we live now, we sort of love a quote."

"And I'm guilty of that, sometimes the quotes come at just the right time, ill read something and think I really needed that encouragement or whatever it is"

"So, I just wanted something to feel quite Nottingham, so there's a bit of Nottingham slang in there..., and just a few little quotes there just to [say] you matter and to smile at a stranger..."

"My sister actually helped me design it and we really had a fun time doing it."


Posting on Instagram earlier today, Vicky shared an image of the bench:

"Feel very lucky to have been asked to get involved in this campaign.

When alls said and done what matters most is being there for people. Family, friend, colleague or stranger. Being able to listen, share advise, make people laugh! It changes peoples lives and it’s costs nothing but our time."

"Thank you @gmb for asking me to be a part of this. Really enjoyed working on this design (with my sisters help 🥰)"

"I hope people in Nottingham enjoy a chinwag on this listening bench ☺️"


Could you see a bench like this or a similar service near you?

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Main Image: Vicky McClure via Instagram

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Additional Images: Vicky McClure via Instagram

Article Quotes: Vicky McClure via GMB Twitter