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    CATSYPP after-school groups are so in demand that they have over 60 young people on their waiting lists. But the 55 lucky young people who already attend each week won’t be giving up their places any time soon – because the clubs have literally changed their lives.

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  1. CATS for Kids

    Monday 22 September 2014, 16:03

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    CATSYPP after-school groups are so in demand that they have over 60 young people on their waiting lists. But the 55 lucky young people who already attend each week won’t be giving up their places any time soon – because the clubs have literally changed their lives.

    The young people at Children on the Autistic Spectrum Young People’s Project have all been diagnosed with high-functioning autism. And as such they have difficulties communicating, making friends and managing their emotions. Supported by BBC Children in Need funds, the CATSYPP clubs – nicknamed CATS - are so much more than places for them to go to enjoy themselves: they also help improve their social skills and confidence and increase their level of independence in a safe environment.

    Many of these young people would lead largely isolated lives without CATS: it was set up by Wendy Williams and her colleague Rob in response to the concerns of parents of high functioning autistic children of mainstream ability, who found they were excluded from an after-school social life because of their immature social, interaction and communication skills.

    One of the original members of the CATS group in Reading is Tom, a 15-year...

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  2. BBC Children in Need is back, and asking Britain to get baking!

    Monday 8 September 2014, 21:48

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    BBC Children in Need is back, and is asking Britain to get baking one of the Nation’s favourite cakes to help make a difference to young lives right here in the UK.

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    Which team will you join?

     

    Stars from across British television and radio including Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw, Tess Daly, Matt Baker and Alex Jones have joined forces to galvanise the nation to become baking heroes for BBC Children in Need by baking one of the nation’s favourite cakes.

    BBC Children in Need’s six celebrity friends are each championing one of the nation’s favourite cakes, and are asking the public to be a baking hero by getting behind their team and holding a bake sale with their chosen cake to support the 2014 Appeal.

    Terry and Matt

    Backing #TeamLemonDrizzle is BBC Children in Need’s Lifetime President Sir Terry Wogan who said of his team: “My own wife's lemon drizzle cake is a thing of beauty, so, I am asking you, the Great British public, to get behind me and bake, bake, bake, to make a lemon drizzle to remember, for BBC Children in Need this year! Think of all the money we can raise together for disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK.”

    A Baker by name, Matt Baker...

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  3. A Visit to Music 4 Life in Devon

    Monday 1 September 2014, 16:13

    Jo Porter Jo Porter Journalist

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    We hope you had a great summer – all of us at BBC Children in Need certainly did. Each year, we spent a part of our summer visiting projects all over the UK, meeting the people helped by your money. 
    This year, we visited an inspiring project full of young people spending some time away from their homes and their normal routines, enjoying their school holidays.
    For some children and young people who might not otherwise have that experience, BBC Children in Need currently funds more than 130 organisations that provide school holiday activities or residential weeks and weekends.  
    One of those is the Music 4 Life project run by Wren Music in Devon.  Staff there use a range of different musical instruments to promote self-confidence, positive communication and behaviour amongst children from two different schools in Barnstaple and Exeter. 
    Community musicians David and Becki run each session which includes playing instruments, singing, forming a band, composing new music, drumming and song-writing. A grant of £30,624 over three years helps fund their salaries and the cost of some of the instruments.  So children aged between five and 15 get to have a go on the drums, keyboards, squeeze...

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  4. Helen & Douglas House Hospice

    Wednesday 27 August 2014, 14:24

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    Helen & Douglas House Hospice
    As adults, we know that things don’t always go to plan, and sometimes we have to deal with the unexpected. In these situations, the support and kindness of others can make a real difference to everyday life. Helen & Douglas House is a very special children’s hospice in Oxford that offers this support and kindness at times like these, when families need it most. 
    Helen House was the world’s first children’s hospice and Douglas House was set up in 2004 to provide the same care to young adults with life-limiting conditions, as well as their families. They offer...

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  5. Taking a bus for the Bear!

    Friday 15 August 2014, 10:37

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    Just in case you’ve forgotten what a glorious country we live in, there’s no better way to become reacquainted with the beauty of Britain than a Summer ride on one of the UK’s many scenic bus routes. There’s nobody that knows this better than Steve Gibbs, a determined fundraiser from Wigston currently in the midst of an epic fundraising journey across the UK.

    Powered on by his pacemaker, 74-year-old Steve is currently en route from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and back again - all by bus! That’s a two week journey covering over 2000 miles, on 66 buses - and it’s all for free with...

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  6. The 5 Nation 48 Challenge for BBC Children in Need

    Friday 18 July 2014, 13:17

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

    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...

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  7. Going the Extra Mile for Pudsey Bear

    Thursday 17 July 2014, 17:05

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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    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...

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  8. BBC Children in Need's reach

    Thursday 3 July 2014, 10:14

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    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...

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  9. 2013 BBC Children in Need Campaign hits £49.6 million!

    Wednesday 2 July 2014, 21:13

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

    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.

    From children and young people to project workers and families, read about what BBC Children in Need means to people like you.

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    The final total comes as donations continued to pour in following our televised appeal in November, which also saw record-breaking success as...

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  10. Lauren and Signpost Young Carers

    Wednesday 11 June 2014, 14:45

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    “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 at Signpost Young Carers

    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...

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