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  1. Happy Easter from Toby, Lucas and Stamford

    Thursday 17 April 2014, 12:25

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    Toby, Lucas and Stamford are getting into the Easter spirit by colouring in Easter eggs! For these children though, it’s not just about having fun. All three have cerebral palsy, a condition affecting the part of the brain that controls muscle movement. By learning to hold the pencils correctly and colouring within the lines, they are also developing crucial co-ordination skills. 

    Toby celebrates Easter at The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy Toby with his mum Pippa

    They all go to The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Muswell Hill, a specialist centre for children with cerebral palsy which is supported by BBC Children in Need. It’s open every day for families to come along and take part in free tailored sessions, helping children to reach their potential.

    Toby is five and has been attending sessions at the Centre for three years. When he first started going, things were really hard for him. As a toddler, he had been developing perfectly until an accident left him with severe brain injury. He was in hospital for a long time and doctors said he’d never walk or talk again. He had little functionality and couldn’t even swallow. But Toby’s been slowly proving the doctors wrong. Incredibly, he started talking last year...

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  2. Lesley's Sailing Adventure for BBC Children in Need

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 11:22

    Lesley Johnson Lesley Johnson Sailor and Fundraiser

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    There’s something magical about being out in the middle of the ocean, just me and my team mates against the elements, all having to rely on each other.

    After one and a half years of intense physical training and mental preparation, I’m just hours away from setting off on my 5,500-mile leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. I’ll sail from San Fransisco and arrive in New York in two months' time.

    Lesley and Pudsey

    I feel nervous and really excited all at once. As a novice sailor, this is an absolute first for me. The Clipper Race is all about novices getting the opportunity to be trained to take on a challenge like this. And I know that while it’s going to be such hard work, it will also be the most incredible experience. We’re expecting to face all the extremes - from terrible storms, heavy rain and rough seas, to intense heat when we reach Panama.

    One of the sailors taking part in the race was recently swept overboard while changing a sail and it took an hour and 40 minutes to rescue him. Clipper train you relentlessly in man-overboard drills. It’s a real danger and you have to remember to 'clip-on' at all times. As well as the training there’s also the emotional challenge. I...

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  3. A Young Carer’s Open Letter to her Mother

    Friday 28 March 2014, 14:46

     Young Carer Shannon Young Carer Shannon From Leicestershire

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    Last year the BBC reported that there were a quarter of a million young carers in England and Wales alone. Shannon is a young carer aged 15. For the last seven years she’s been looking after her mum who has multiple sclerosis, and things haven’t been easy. BBC Children in Need funds a Young Carers group at Voluntary Action South Leicestershire where Shannon goes to get support and help. For Mother's Day Shannon has written an open letter to her mum about the challenges she faces as a young carer.

     

     

    Dear Mum,

    I was 7 years old when I found out you had multiple sclerosis. It happened faster than anything I could have imagined. I remember us being home alone and you were ill. I didn't know what to do so I got the neighbour. They couldn't wake you up, so I called the ambulance. Seeing you ill was bad enough but seeing you rushed to hospital, unconscious, wearing an oxygen mask was even worse! After that day our lives changed forever. 

      

    Shannon, a young carer, with her mum Shannon and her mum

     

    I think ‘normal’ teenagers sometimes take their childhoods for granted. It’s harder for me to make friends because I come straight home to clean up and help with simple things such as putting your socks on or doing...

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  4. Who You Help: Sufyan and MG

    Wednesday 19 March 2014, 14:45

    Hannah Loughlin Hannah Loughlin Journalist

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    Less than a year ago, Sufyan was like any other 12-year-old boy. He loved playing sport, especially football and rugby, liked hanging out with his mates and was looking forward to being a teenager getting up to trouble! Then very unexpectedly, his life began to unravel.

    Sufyan

    In the middle of 2013 Sufyan, who lives with his family in East London, began to have muscle aches which his mum Julie put down to growing pains typical for a boy his age.

    She recalls: “By October Sufyan was falling over inexplicably and was always tired. Back and forth we took him to the doctors but it was a mystery. He stopped...

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  5. Who You Help: Chickenshed

    Monday 17 March 2014, 11:45

    Hannah Loughlin Hannah Loughlin Journalist

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    In 1974 musician and composer Jo Collins met Mary Ward, a teacher and director. With an inclusive approach they both believed in sharing the creativity in everyone and anyone so they started a theatre company in the only building they had access to at the time - a lowly chicken shed.

    Chickenshed

    Part funded by BBC Children in Need, 2014 is the theatre's 40th Festival Year and celebrations have already started with a new show which is ruffling plenty of feathers.

    An Awfully Big Performance takes audiences on a journey to celebrate the inclusive theatre's past, present and future. Expect snapshots of dance...

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  6. Paralympian Ben and the Back Up Trust

    Wednesday 12 March 2014, 13:43

    Hannah Loughlin Hannah Loughlin Journalist

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    Congratulations to 19-year-old Ben Sneesby who was competing in his first Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and came 11th in the sit-ski slalom! Before competing Ben took time out to talk to us about an organisation that was so important to him during his formative years.

    Ben Sneesby in action (Getty Images) Ben in action in Sochi (Getty Images)

    Ben joined The Back Up Trust when he was eight. 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...

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  7. Pudsey satchel bags £270

    Tuesday 11 March 2014, 13:46

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    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 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...

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  8. The children who can't go out in the sun

    Monday 3 March 2014, 15:15

    Jo Porter Jo Porter Journalist

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    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 on slide and in protective gear 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...

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  9. Happy St David's Day!

    Friday 28 February 2014, 14:19

    Jo Porter Jo Porter Journalist

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    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!

    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...

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  10. Who You Help: The Wave Project

    Tuesday 11 February 2014, 15:11

    Hannah Loughlin Hannah Loughlin Journalist

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    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.

    Harry, Jake and Alicia

    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...

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