Louise Minchin is spreading the festive cheer (Picture: BBC, Twitter/@rachcrossy, @brookes_rupert)
The 52-year-old – who burst into tears live on-air this week – sacrificed her Christmas Day morning to spread cheer across the nation when we’ve needed it most.
From the remarkable story of nine-year-old Freddie, who is running two kilometres every day to raise money for the hospital treating his best friend battling leukaemia, to catching up with heroes of the year such as the man of 2020, Captain Tom Moore.
Freddie, a lifelong dedicated Burnley FC fan was also surprised by fellow supporter and I’m A Celebrity star Jordan North which has viewers in bits.
Viewers were delighted to wake up to stories of strength and courage amid what is no doubt a different Christmas to the day they’ve been planning.
‘Merry Christmas Louise. Nice start to Christmas day with those lovely stories, especially Freddie running for his friend x,’ beamed one audience member, which was followed by: ‘Merry Christmas to you too. Thank you for all that you do BBC Breakfast has quite often been a beacon of light in this very dark year.’
A third thanked Louise for ‘starting off our Christmas with lots of lovely stories,’ while another agreed: ‘So many lovely stories of kindness on @BBCBreakfast this morning, thank you @louiseminchin and co, this is what Christmas is all about! I seem to have something in my eye.’
Louise was missing from the BBC Breakfast sofa in recent weeks after injuring her leg.
She returned to the early morning news staple with her foot in a cast after undergoing surgery.
Louise has been battling through a serious leg injury (Picture: BBC)
‘I’m still on crutches but I’m getting stronger every day,’ she said on her return.
Louise revealed that she injured her foot in 2019, while training for the Norseman triathlon.
‘Hi all! If you’re wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been having a break to get a broken foot fixed,’ she tweeted at the time. ‘When I’m a bit better, I will be back.’
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