Wednesday 12 March 2014, 13:43
On the eve of his debut at Sochi 2014, 19-year-old Paralympian Ben Sneesby takes timeout to look back at the organisation that was so important to him during his formative years.
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 13:43
On the eve of his debut at Sochi 2014, 19-year-old Paralympian Ben Sneesby took timeout to look back at the organisation that was so important to him during his formative years.
Ben joined The Back Up Trust when he was 8. Funded by BBC Children in Need since 2003, it’s an organisation that delivers outreach, rehabilitation and participation activities to under 18s who have spinal cord injuries across the UK.
Every year 40-50 children and young people will sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) through either accident or illness leaving them permanently paralysed. They can go on to have issues at school from access to buildings, difficulty with social relationships and not being involved in decisions that affect their lives. Depression and anxiety can also be a factor and there is an additional strain on siblings and parents as the family adjusts.
Ben, who was born with a SCI and uses a wheelchair to get around, first slid onto a dry ski slope when he was 11 but this might have not been possible, had he not already been part of Back Up for two years.
“I got involved with Back Up when I was very young, and went on the very first course for kids when I was 8. I learnt lots of wheelchair...
Tuesday 11 March 2014, 13:46
A one of a kind handmade leather satchel has resulted in employees of Ulster Supported Employment Limited (USEL) raising £270 to present to the BBC Children in Need campaign. Satchel winner Robert Nesbitt, BBC’s Wendy Austin, who received the donation on behalf of Children in Need, and Terry Fuller, Commercial Products Manager for USEL
USEL, a Northern Ireland based organisation which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Inspired by last year’s BBC Children in Need’s event the company made a yellow, 15-inch satchel that prominently features Pudsey’s bandana as a prototype.
Terry Fuller, Commercial Products Manager for USEL, explains: “We needed to custom make one to determine to what degree it might be feasible for us to roll out the idea and find ways to use them to hopefully raise even more funds for this year’s event.
“Employees were so impressed with the outcome that we decided to raffle the much sought after satchel amongst the company’s employees and their families and at the same time raise some funds for BBC Children in Need.”
Robert Nesbitt, a USEL employee with 35 years service, was the lucky winner of the prize. At the presentation...
Monday 3 March 2014, 15:15
Imagine you could experience severe sunburn just by going on a short trip to the supermarket. That’s what happened to three-year-old Eddison from Kent. After being taken to the shops or out in his pram, his skin would turn red and blister, even if he was fully clothed and there was little sunshine.Eddison inside and outside in full protective gear
His mum and dad, Nicola and Andrew, eventually discovered that he had a very rare skin condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum. It’s an hereditary condition that means the skin cannot repair itself after being damaged by UV radiation. It affects just one in 250,000 people in the UK today and means they are 1000 times more susceptible to skin cancers.
Recently, many of us have been relishing the first sunshine of the year, but children with XP avoid going outside in daylight. If they do, they apply high factor sunscreen to their skin every few hours, wear long sleeves, gloves and a protective hat with a special visor that blocks out UV light. The windows of their homes, schools and nurseries are fitted with the same special film called Dermaguard which filters out UV rays and they have regular check-ups at a specialist clinic, at least...
Friday 28 February 2014, 14:19
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!
As it's St David's Day we thought we'd tell you about an amazing project in Wales that your money has helped - Cwmavon and District Boys and Girls Club!
It’s sad that prospects for many children and young people depend on the postcode in which they live. But the sports-mad children who attend this club, near Port Talbot in south Wales, are doing their best to buck that trend.
Operating in a highly deprived area, the club offers children the chance to get involved in sports like football, rugby and cricket. This helps them get healthier, improve their confidence and...
Tuesday 11 February 2014, 15:11
Harry, Jake and Alicia have hit the beach and are learning to surf! For children who can brave the British sea temperature, surfing is a fun and exciting way to exercise, let off steam and get fresh air. But there’s also a lot more to it than that.
Their surfing courses are run by the Wave Project, which is supported by BBC Children in Need, and are for local children and young people aged 8 to 18 with exceptional difficulties in their lives. Some of the children who attend are facing challenges associated with abuse and neglect, exclusion, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, eating disorders...
Friday 31 January 2014, 11:05
As Poverty and Homelessness Awareness Week comes to a close, we look at Urban Hope, a vibrant youth project based at St Stephen's Church in North London. The project runs after school activities for girls aged 11-18 from low-income families who are socially excluded in Islington.
Many of these young women live in poverty and have little or no personal support or a reduced access to life opportunities. This project is also an extremely crucial service for some women who are experiencing extreme crisis and/or hardship, unplanned pregnancy, homelessness and domestic violence.
Urban Hope runs a girls...
Wednesday 29 January 2014, 13:04
We are halfway through Poverty and Homelessness Awareness Week and continuing to look at the work done by organisations to help vulnerable young people who are dealing with issues around homelessness. New Horizon Youth Centre is a youth crisis centre in Chalton Street, Camden, London. They see up to 3000 young people a year and are open 7 days a week. Kids turn up hungry, homeless and with serious life traumas.
The centre has been awarded several grants from BBC Children in Need since 1999 with the latest one focusing on late afternoon activities for vulnerable teenagers facing issues around homelessness...
Monday 27 January 2014, 11:01
This is the start of Poverty and Homelessness Awareness Week and a good opportunity to highlight the work being done around this subject by organisations funded by BBC Children in Need. We have been funding the Keys to the Future project in Knowsley, Merseyside through Shelter since 2009. The aim of this project is to support children and young people who are affected by homelessness.The Knowsley Project
The following case studies highlight how young people have been helped by this project.
Case Study 1 – Sophie and Marc
Sophie and Marc came to Shelter after meeting one of their Support Workers...
Tuesday 14 January 2014, 15:54
In September 2013 BBC Children in Need were excited to be contacted by the team working with Radio 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth.They were looking to recruit some young people to take part in work experience at this year’s 1Xtra Live events in London, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Leeds.1Xtra's Charlie Sloth
After careful consideration, 14 BBC Children in Need advocates joined ‘Charlie’s Army’ as trainees to work with 1Xtra and their BBC Local Radio stations to get experience developing on-air content, working with talent and shadowing the team during the live events.
The SPID Theatre Company...
Tuesday 24 December 2013, 10:30
Seven year-old Klara has had moderate hearing loss in her left ear and profound hearing loss in her right ear since she was born. She suffered from countless ear infections which meant that she couldn’t always wear her hearing aids; this resulted in her speech development being severely delayed. However once she started school and had access to a Hearing Resource Space which involved a teacher for the deaf and speech and language therapy, her speech really took off.Klara and her Hearing Dog, Jasper
One day, her grandmother saw a lady in the supermarket with a dog wearing a Hearing Dogs...