bbc-local-hero-shoveling.jpgA London hip hop DC is the face of Radio 1’s Local Hero initiative, aimed at encouraging young people to take up charity work. He was filmed cleaning up the Thames, teaching boxing to teenagers, and sorting the clothes in a charity shop.

“I found this week that it is an incredibly satisfying and fulfilling experience,” said Tim Westwood. “There was this one kid – this hardcore street guy – who actually loved (it). It gave him a real purpose in life.”

The project is part of a new BBC drive to increase social action work. As part of the scheme, Radio 1 announced yesterday that its Big Weekend musical festival, on 22-23 May, will for the first time reserve free places for youth volunteers.

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