What is Children in Need? A one-off TV fundraiser? Or something that lasts through the year? For the uninitiated, Children in Need is much more than a few hours on the TV schedule: it’s a charity run by the BBC which helps disadvantaged children in the UK.
The grants they receive allow them to provide help for children and young people.
You can read some of the children’s stories and how they have benefited by clicking on the relevant UK regions on the BBC’s website.
When is Children in Need?
The BBC hold an appeal night every November. This year’s show is on this Friday at 7:30pm on BBC1. The show is a whole evening of fun entertainment. Lots of celebs get involved, and there’s even some one-off specials from popular TV programmes like Doctor Who and Eastenders. Here’s a little taster for you – The Muppets, from Children in Need 2011:
In the months building up to the appeal night there’s loads of crazy fundraising events which get organised, all across the country. From having a bath full of baked beans to organising a dress up day for the local nursery, the community in York got stuck in last year.
Buy your Pudsey Bear with Give as you Live
You can help Children in Need by making a donation here - or by buying your Pudsey Bear online at a selection of Give as you Live stores.
Just make sure you set up an account before you shop: Discover and download Give as you Live. Then, remember to set your cause to BBC Children in Need before you buy to ensure Pudsey gets that extra donation through Give as you Live!
Support BBC Children in Need with your designer Pudsey
Last year’s appeal night show raised a total of £26,332,334, £8m more than 2010. Fingers crossed for the charity beating these amounts tomorrow evening! Don’t forget to switch your TV over to BBC1 tomorrow at 7:30pm.
More info on those Pudsey bear products:
1) The designer Selfridges Pudsey costs £80. Selfridges are donating £66.66 of every sale, plus an extra 3% with Give as you Live.
2) The Make-Your-Own Pudsey costs £15 – Build-A-Bear are donating £5 of every sale, plus an extra 2.5% with Give as you Live.
3)The Pudsey cushion costs £8 – B&Q are donating 20% of every sale, plus an extra 1.75% for reserve & collect online sales via Give as you Live.
If you wish to support Children in Need through your online shopping, remember to sign up to Give as you Live and set BBC Children in Need as your supported cause.