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  1. BBC Children in Need's reach

    Thursday 3 July 2014, 10:14

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    BBC Children in Need currently awards grants to more than 2,700 projects that support disadvantaged children and young people all over the UK.

    Your donations make such a difference to those who are struggling for whatever reason. And it’s not only the children and young people that benefit – the funding we provide supports siblings, parents and whole communities.

    Just a stone’s throw from where you live, there’s likely to be someone who either benefits from or contributes to the ripple effect of BBC Children in Need funding. Read about some of those people and what our funding means to them.

    Hero fundraisers School children, like these pictured who are from Ravenscote Primary School in Camberley, raise hundreds of pounds for Children in Need each year.

    A teenager from Wales: “I fell out with my mum and ran away. But life in a homeless shelter was much tougher than I’d imagined. BBC Children in Need paid for a support worker who helped me work things out. Now I’m reconciled with my mum.”

    A parent from Northern Ireland: “My little boy is going to a mainstream school in September and this would not have been possible without the help of the organisation that’s helped him learn to...

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  2. 2013 BBC Children in Need Campaign hits £49.6 million!

    Wednesday 2 July 2014, 21:13

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

    We're really happy to announce that the final total for our most recent appeal has raised a record-breaking £49.6 million.

    The success means we have raised more than £740 million since the appeal launched in 1980, with every single penny raised going towards projects helping disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK.

    From children and young people to project workers and families, read about what BBC Children in Need means to people like you.

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    The final total comes as donations continued to pour in following our televised appeal in November, which also saw record-breaking success as it secured a total of £31.1 million on the night.

    At present, we work with more than 2,700 projects across the UK, all of which support disadvantaged children and young people. 

    Speaking of the result, Life President of the charity Sir Terry Wogan said: “Each year we’re amazed by the generosity of the Great British public, it’s just brilliant. 2013 was far from an easy year, but thanks to their on-going support we’ve been fortunate enough to have another record-breaking total. When we hosted the first televised appeal in 1980, we were delighted with the £1 million raised. I don...

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  3. Lauren and Signpost Young Carers

    Wednesday 11 June 2014, 14:45

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    “I don’t really get a chance to go out playing, I usually spend my time in the house looking after my brother and sister and my mum. It would be nice to have more time to socialise, and to have time for myself.”

    Lauren at Signpost Young Carers

    Lauren is 14 and from Stockport. Her mum has non-epileptic attack disorder, resulting in attacks similar to epileptic fits which can leave her unable to get out of bed. This means Lauren helps her mother carry out everyday tasks such as dressing and cooking, whilst also helping take care of her younger siblings.

    Always one to look on the bright side, Lauren is quick to notice the positives of her caring role, saying that: “being a young carer has made me more mature as I have had to grow my responsibilities. I’m more respectful of others now as I can feel for what they are going through.”

    Despite this bright outlook though, her responsibilities have had an impact on her own education as she sometimes misses school to care for her family. It's also had an emotional impact and Lauren knows that she sometimes misses out on childhood experiences as her caring responsibilities come first.

    Since 2010, Lauren’s been attending a group at Signpost Young Carers in Stockport...

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  4. Happy Father's Day from Pudsey

    Tuesday 10 June 2014, 15:00

    Jo Porter Jo Porter Journalist

    People of all ages love stories and for children storytelling is really important for their development and to fuel their imaginations.

    But some families struggle to find the time to sit down and read stories with their children, especially if they are facing other challenges in life.

    Happy Fathers Day

    Thanks to your donations, The Polka Theatre company in London is putting on storytelling sessions especially for children and their dads on Saturday mornings.

    For Jon who works long hours full time, it's a great chance to spend precious time with his two-year-old twins Hannah and Adam while giving their mum some respite...

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  5. Happy Father's Day!

    Friday 14 June 2013, 17:07

    Ruth McDermott Ruth McDermott BBC Children in Need Editorial

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    Father’s Day is a great excuse to appreciate all the amazing dads and grandads all over the UK.

    The Crown and Manor Club in London is a BBC Children in Need funded project and knows all about family. They've had three generations of the same one all come and take part over the years! Daniel, Bobby and Dean Daniel, Bobby and Dean

    Daniel is 14 and Bobby is 10, and they have both been involved with the football teams for over two years. Their dad Dean was especially enthusiastic about Bobby going along as he has taken up the position of the under-10s football manager! Dean said “Walking through the doors, nothing...

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  6. Monaco Madness Auction raises £842,225 for BBC Children in Need!

    Thursday 22 May 2014, 10:29

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

    This weekend, five couples will experience the ultimate luxury trip to the Monaco Grand Prix having raised a massive amount for BBC Children in Need. Chris Evans auctioned the prize on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show in November raising a phenomenal £842,225, all going to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

     

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    The lucky winners’ weekend started on Thursday 22 May when they took part in The Chris Evans Breakfast Show live from New Broadcasting House. At the end of the show, four classic Aston Martins waited on the Piazza to take them to Farnborough to catch...

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  7. Being a Young Carer has made me a fighter!

    Friday 9 May 2014, 14:48

    Hannah Loughlin Hannah Loughlin Journalist

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    It's 5.30pm on a Monday evening and the start of a group session at Crossroads Care. The young people gather around to hear the welcome talk from staff before becoming a blur of colourful and bustling activity with the mix of ping pong, cooking, games and workshops. You might think it's like any other centre for kids until you realise that for these young people, who are all young carers, free time is extremely limited and precious so it’s no wonder they make the most of this snapshot whilst they can. Savanna 17-year-old Savanna is a young carer who attends Crossroads Care

    Savanna, who is 17, shares...

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  8. Victory for Lesley and Pudsey!

    Thursday 8 May 2014, 14:23

    Lesley Johnson Lesley Johnson Sailor and Fundraiser

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    Hero fundraiser Lesley is on the high seas, sailing a gruelling 5500-mile leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. And there's massive cause for celebration for her and her team on board the GREAT Britain yacht, after winning Race 11 from San Francisco to Panama. Lesley and Pudsey cross the finish line

    It’s obviously something about having a small yellow bear on board! It was a fantastic morning as we sailed towards the finish, and I was given the honour of helming the yacht across the line. The trouble was that we really weren't sure where our nearest competitor was, whether they were in front or behind us. At the finish...

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  9. Run Doonhame 2014

    Tuesday 6 May 2014, 10:15

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    On 6 May, a team of runners from Police Scotland are setting off on a 1,000km run to raise money for three charities including BBC Children in Need!

    They'll be running from Wick, on the North East coast of Scotland, finishing in Dumfries in the South.

    At the same time they'll be competing against volunteer runners, walkers, athletes who'll be taking part in 30 minute sessions on a treadmill at a gym in Dumfries!

    Just before they set off, Pudsey caught up with Colin, one of the Run Doonhame team.

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    Pudsey: How has your training been going ahead of the challenge?

    Colin: The training's gone well...

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  10. Lesley and Pudsey on the high seas!

    Thursday 24 April 2014, 17:00

    Lesley Johnson Lesley Johnson Sailor and Fundraiser

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    Here's the second blog post from Lesley who's sailing a 5500-mile leg of The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race raising money for BBC Children in Need.

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    So here I am like the new girl at school, new shiny uniform standing out against the well-worn kit of the old hands. Nervous on my first day, hoping my teachers will be nice and that I can integrate into the class. Wanting to learn, wanting to be competent, wanting to be accepted as part of the tea, but most of all not wanting to let my new classmates down.

    Lesley and Pudsey on The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

    Well, all the pre-race nerves in San Francisco have melted away, and now I feel...

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