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.
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 self-esteem, and better engage with employment and training.
The club has had it fair share of success stories. Several youngsters have been picked out by talent scouts for the local Premier League teams Cardiff and Swansea and started playing for their academies. Veteran Welsh boxer Darren Edwards started out at the club and so did rugby player Sean Holley who was Head Coach for Ospreys for nine seasons and now a BBC Wales rugby commentator. His two sons now attend the club.
Since several other youth clubs in the area lost their government funding, Cwmavon has been inundated with...
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 and bullying.
Staff have seen how surfing can play a part in turning these children’s lives around, helping them overcome anxiety, depression and build up their self-confidence.
The courses have become so popular that the Wave Project is set to launch three new surf club branches in the spring after trebling in size in less than a year!
Joe Taylor from the Wave Project says: "It has been amazing how many young people have joined the club this year. When we launched in 2012, our aim was to provide one session a month for young...
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...
Friday 20 December 2013, 14:15
Ho Ho Ho festive fundraisers! It’s the midst of the Christmas season and hopefully your evenings are full of hearty cheer, baubles and mince pies, all set against a backdrop of angelic carol-singing choirs, Wham!'s Last Christmas and, of course, the legendary Noddy Holder telling you exactly what time of year it is. We’re certainly getting festive here. We’ve got mistletoe and Santa hats and tinsel and all sorts of other goodies. It’s hard not to get totally wrapped up in the festive spirit of giving at Pudsey HQ, as we’re constantly reminded of just how generous and the wonderful people...
Monday 16 December 2013, 16:09
Southampton Society for the Blind has set up a project called Zoom which helps visually impaired children to build their confidence through different activities and gives them the opportunity to form friendships with other children.
Michael, out and about with his cousin Martin
Michael, who’s 15, has been blind since he was born – the result of a genetic condition called Norrie Disease. Mum Jackie says: “The condition can also affect hearing so he has several hearing tests a year but so far it’s just high pitched noises that he struggles with. I test him sometimes by asking if he...