Thursday 17 July 2014, 17:05
Summer is upon us, and a lot of keen Brits are fastening their laces, hitting the road, and running races for charity all over the UK. In case you were thinking of undertaking a challenge for Pudsey, we've got a story and some tips to get you up and running!
Friday 18 July 2014, 13:17
On August 1 2014, an all-star football team led by veteran fundraiser Barry Donegan will be embarking on a very unusual challenge. The team will be playing 5 football games… in 5 nations… within a 48 hour time period! It’s all part of The 5 Nations 48 Challenge, the brainchild of Barry and his friend David, all in aid of BBC Children in Need! It’s not going to be easy, but if they succeed, they could even end up with a Guinness World Record!
However, these aren’t just any football teams – professional footballers and stars from the nation’s favourite soaps are all giving up their time to make the challenge work! Ex-footballers such as Lee Sharpe and Gary Bennett (just two of many) will be taking on soap luminaries such as Nick Pickard and Alan Halsall, all to have a bit of fun and raise a bit of cash.
It all starts at 6pm on August 1 2014. The first game will be played at Gretna Football club in Scotland. The team will be facing a strong side made up of ex-Carlisle United players.
After this dramatic start the team will then cross the water over to Northern Ireland for their next game at 10am the next morning, taking on a team including Jim Magilton and Stephen...
Thursday 17 July 2014, 17:05
Summer is upon us! This may mean that, in true British fashion, the weather rotates between overcast and rainy with rare and fleeting bursts of proper sunshine, but it’s still summer nonetheless! It also means that a lot of keen Brits are fastening their laces, hitting the road, and running races for charity all over the UK. In case you were thinking of running for BBC Children in Need this year, we wanted to share the story of an inspirational group of fundraisers with you. Who knows, it might just give you the inspiration to embark on your own fundraising challenge…The Gump Challenge
Last September, a truly heroic group of firefighters from Tamworth took to the road for an epic challenge – all in aid of BBC Children in Need. The Gump Challenge, a 9-day, 280 mile circular run through the hilly terrain of Staffordshire, saw the brave group running over a marathon every day!
The Gump Challenge looking chirpy on the first day of their challenge
The group had planned their journey carefully, and as the journey went on, the increasingly beaten and battered Gumpers bunked down every night in a different Fire Station along the way. Once they finished for the day, the group would...
Thursday 3 July 2014, 10:14
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.
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...
Wednesday 2 July 2014, 21:13
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.
The final total comes as donations continued to pour in following our televised appeal in November, which also saw record-breaking success as...
Wednesday 11 June 2014, 14:45
“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 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...
Tuesday 10 June 2014, 15:00
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.
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...
Friday 14 June 2013, 17:07
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 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...
Thursday 22 May 2014, 10:29
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.
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...
Friday 9 May 2014, 14:48
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. 17-year-old Savanna is a young carer who attends Crossroads Care
Savanna, who is 17, shares...
Thursday 8 May 2014, 14:23
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.
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...