Children In Need
BBC Children In Need is a charity which changes the lives of disadvantaged children all across the UK. The money raised is used to support projects that help children with any kinds of disability. They are currently supporting over 2,400 organisations and companies that help children in the UK. These include children who live poverty and are deprived; children with disabilities or children that have been victims of abuse or neglect.
Children In Need is one of the biggest fundraisers, and schools, offices and hundreds of people help out in any way they can to raise money for this charity. Raising money for this organisation can mean anything ranging from a bake sale to running a sponsored jog. This year, Kate Melua will be releasing her new single, Fields Of Gold, which is all about the unprivileged. Likewise, Radzi, a Blue Peter presenter will be attempting to do a sponsored sky dive in California in order to raise money.
Pudsey bear has been the Children In Need mascot for as long as we can remember and over previous years, has raised over millions of pounds for this charity. He was named by Joanna Ball, the lady who created him, and she said the reason for his unusual name is because he was named after the small town she grew up in, in Yorshire. This year, the lucky mascot is joined by Dame Barbara Windsor and the two are running a campaign to round up the last 500 million round pound coins. Once the campaign is over, they will exchange the old coins into new ones which they can use to support the needy children of the UK.
In the last year alone, the support of the public helped change the lives of over 480,000 deprived children right here in the United Kingdom. Since their first appeal in 1980, Children In Need have raised over £890 million. They raise money by organising an annual fundraising campaign that culminates with the BBC Children In Need live appeal show on BBC one.
Their income comes from many sources including hundreds and thousands of people and their amazing fundraising efforts, as well as people who donate to them directly and through a number of partners. Their next appeal show is on Friday the 17nth of November 2017 on BBC 1.
Children In Need has been a huge success since its first official appearance in 1980 and it has been very popular with most children and many are eager to join in and raise money. People are practicing the range of things that are happening this year and because it has to be perfect, it is all very tense. The games have begun!