Tuesday 14 May 2013, 14:21
This Bank Holiday Monday is a date for the diary if you want to have amazing family fun and support BBC Children in Need.
Tuesday 14 May 2013, 14:21
This Bank Holiday Monday (27 May) is a date for the diary if you want to have amazing family fun and raise money for BBC Children in Need! The Family Fun Day is in support of BBC Children in Need and the event will run from 10am to 6pm at Stormont Estate with the guarantee to give both children and parents a very enjoyable day out. There are a wide range of activities including live entertainment with a Lady Gaga tribute act, amusements, motorcycle displays and sports day activities. There will be numerous trampolines, bouncy castles and even an opportunity to enter your non-pedigree dog in our Scruffts heat. Maybe your dog could follow in the footsteps of crossbreed Becky from Bangor. Becky qualified at last year's Fun Day and went on to make history as the first ever Scruffts winner at Crufts.
The Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson is lending his support and is more than happy to help launch the Fun Day for the second year running.
Speaking about this year’s event this said: “I would encourage families to come along and check out what The Family Fun Day has to offer. Not only is there going to be a huge amount of fun and various activities to enjoy but it is also set in impressive...
Wednesday 8 May 2013, 10:53
Three-year old Jacob is learning the names of his teachers. When he’s shown their pictures he says who they are. But Jacob is profoundly deaf and uses hearing aids, so he’s had to work a lot harder than other children to learn how to talk.
Jacob, who attends The Elizabeth Foundation, which helps deaf children learn to listen and talk So has Tye, also three, who was fitted with cochlear implants when he was 19 months old. His mum remembers the awesome moment when his implants were switched on and he turned his head towards a noise for the first time. Background noise sometimes makes it difficult for children like Jacob and Tye to mimic the words they hear and this can affect the development of their speech. They are two of the 45,000 deaf children in the UK today, according to figures from the National Deaf Children’s Society.
Since the NHS established the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme in 2002, early diagnosis has been possible, so while some families opt to communicate as a family by signing, others have the option of accessing hearing aids or cochlear implants for their child if suitable. Being able to access communication skills during the crucial language acquisition...
Friday 3 May 2013, 17:16
Five marathons. Five days. DONE!
And what a final day! The route took me from BBC Media Centre in Wood Lane to Kent where I live. At Victoria, where I used to work, all my old colleagues came out to cheer me on, and towards the end, my dad and brother cycled alongside me. It was exactly what I needed to keep me going!
When my home was in sight I somehow summoned up the strength to sprint the final stretch!
My legs actually feel a lot better than they did yesterday. Maybe they know that they haven't got any more marathons to do! Now it's time for a cold bath and lots of stretching. I'm so pleased it's all over and totally amazed with myself that I managed to do it!
Read more on my website www.5in5.co.uk
Thursday 2 May 2013, 16:31
So I'm four days into my challenge. I've run four marathons. One more to go tomorrow and it's been HARD WORK!!
When I set off on my first marathon I was pretty excited and really looking forward to the big challenge. I knew it was going to be tough but looking back, I actually had no idea how tough it was really going to be.
I was nervous as well because my start point, on Pudsey Drive near Birmingham, is a long way from home. If I injured myself or got lost then I would be all by myself, but that was all part of the challenge.
The hardest run so far has been the second day. By the...
Friday 26 April 2013, 18:12
So back in November, I was lucky enough to be part of an incredible team at BBC Children in Need that helped raise a record breaking amount of money. On Appeal Night I got to see and meet children who are helped first hand, and this motivated me to do something a little bit extra. There are lots of great ways to raise money: bike rides, treks, cake sales, but I wanted to do something bigger, that would challenge me to the maximum.
BBC Children in Need Graphic Designer Mark Attree runs 5 marathons in 5 days
After lots of research, I opted for a running challenge, and came up with the idea of...
Tuesday 23 April 2013, 10:19
It’s St George’s Day, patron saint of England, and BBC Children in Need is proud to be funding 1265 projects across England to a value of more than £35 million. From Cumbria to Cornwall, children up and down the country are benefitting from donations made by you.
Some of those children are pupils from St George’s School on the Isle of Wight. All the students have learning difficulties and physical disabilities, so it’s really important to them that they get to have the same experiences as other children.
They are able to have tons of fun on the water thanks to the ‘Island Youth Water...
Friday 5 April 2013, 15:33
April is Autism Awareness Month, so we're focusing on two projects in Manchester that work with autistic children and young people - and both projects receive grants from BBC Children in Need.
Since 2007, your donations have gone to support the Greater Manchester Riding for the Disabled Association (GMRDA), which provides riding facilities for children and young people with disabilities to help build self-esteem, confidence and improve posture.Bobby riding a horse at GMRDA
Two children who have benefited from the BBC Children in Need funding are 9-year-old twins Bobby and Alec, who both...
Tuesday 2 April 2013, 12:31Door Step Library in London brings the joy of books and reading to local children.
On this day each year, that great storyteller Hans Christian Anderson's birthday is celebrated with an International Children's Book Day. To mark the occasion, we wanted to tell you about just one of the BBC Children in Need grants that has children's books and reading at the centre of it.
This is a guest post written by mum Angela Campana.
“Every Tuesday afternoon at about five o'clock the doorbell rings and my children rush outside to greet the friendly ladies full of stories. Each has a big rucksack filled...
Thursday 28 March 2013, 11:44
BBC Children in Need is proud to fund the juniors at the St Andrew’s Club in Westminster. It claims to be ‘the oldest youth club in the world’ and we’re inclined to believe them, having been founded on St Andrew’s Day in 1866, originally as a home and club for apprentice boys needing somewhere to live.
Although the club sits in the shadow of the grandiose Westminster Abbey, the ward is one of the most deprived in London. The St Andrew’s Club provides a warm, safe environment for children to play and is clearly appealing to everyone, with over 850 members on their books. A stone’s...
Tuesday 26 March 2013, 15:36
The weather may still be far too cold for a dip in the sea, but we're not letting that stop us from visiting Brighton in our whistle-stop round-the-UK tour of projects that your donations are helping to support.
As a result of the incredible total of £26,757,446 that was raised on November’s Appeal night, BBC Children in Need is delighted to be able to make grants totalling £158,321 to projects in Brighton supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the first "grant round" of 2013.Sadie (left) and Bethany were brought together by the befriending service 'Fun In Action'