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  1. 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 a bus pass! With a huge £5,000 fundraising target, Steve’s determined to prove himself a Hero, and we’re certain he’s going to succeed.

    The challenge is now well underway – Steve arrives back at Land’s End on Sunday 17 August. We were lucky enough to catch up with Steve shortly before he caught his first bus to ask him some questions:

    BBC CiN: Hi Steve, can you tell us a little bit about your challenge?

    Steve: The aim is to travel from Land’s End to John O’Groats and return using only local bus services and concessionary bus passes or sponsored tickets, so basically for free. It...

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  2. 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 time to make the challenge work! Ex-footballers such as Lee Sharpe and Gary Bennett (just two of many) will be taking on soap luminaries such as Nick Pickard and Alan Halsall, all to have a bit of fun and raise a bit of cash.

    The Route

    It all starts at 6pm on August 1 2014. The first game will be played at Gretna Football club in Scotland. The team will be facing a strong side made up of ex-Carlisle United players.

    After this dramatic start the team will then cross the water over to Northern Ireland for their next game at 10am the next morning, taking on a team including Jim Magilton and Stephen...

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  3. 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 September, a truly heroic group of firefighters from Tamworth took to the road for an epic challenge – all in aid of BBC Children in Need. The Gump Challenge, a 9-day, 280 mile circular run through the hilly terrain of Staffordshire, saw the brave group running over a marathon every day!

    The Gump Challenge looking chirpy on the first day of their challenge The Gump Challenge looking chirpy on the first day of their challenge

    The group had planned their journey carefully, and as the journey went on, the increasingly beaten and battered Gumpers bunked down every night in a different Fire Station along the way. Once they finished for the day, the group would...

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  4. BBC Children in Need's reach

    Thursday 3 July 2014, 10:14

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

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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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Happy Father's Day from Pudsey

    Tuesday 10 June 2014, 15:00

    Jo Porter Jo Porter Journalist

    People of all ages love stories and for children storytelling is really important for their development and to fuel their imaginations.

    But some families struggle to find the time to sit down and read stories with their children, especially if they are facing other challenges in life.

    Happy Fathers Day

    Thanks to your donations, The Polka Theatre company in London is putting on storytelling sessions especially for children and their dads on Saturday mornings.

    For Jon who works long hours full time, it's a great chance to spend precious time with his two-year-old twins Hannah and Adam while giving their mum some respite...

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  8. Happy Father's Day!

    Friday 14 June 2013, 17:07

    Ruth McDermott Ruth McDermott BBC Children in Need Editorial

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    Father’s Day is a great excuse to appreciate all the amazing dads and grandads all over the UK.

    The Crown and Manor Club in London is a BBC Children in Need funded project and knows all about family. They've had three generations of the same one all come and take part over the years! Daniel, Bobby and Dean Daniel, Bobby and Dean

    Daniel is 14 and Bobby is 10, and they have both been involved with the football teams for over two years. Their dad Dean was especially enthusiastic about Bobby going along as he has taken up the position of the under-10s football manager! Dean said “Walking through the doors, nothing...

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  9. Monaco Madness Auction raises £842,225 for BBC Children in Need!

    Thursday 22 May 2014, 10:29

    Pudsey Bear Pudsey Bear Chief Fundraiser

    This weekend, five couples will experience the ultimate luxury trip to the Monaco Grand Prix having raised a massive amount for BBC Children in Need. Chris Evans auctioned the prize on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show in November raising a phenomenal £842,225, all going to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

     

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    The lucky winners’ weekend started on Thursday 22 May when they took part in The Chris Evans Breakfast Show live from New Broadcasting House. At the end of the show, four classic Aston Martins waited on the Piazza to take them to Farnborough to catch...

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  10. Being a Young Carer has made me a fighter!

    Friday 9 May 2014, 14:48

    Hannah Loughlin Hannah Loughlin Journalist

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    It's 5.30pm on a Monday evening and the start of a group session at Crossroads Care. The young people gather around to hear the welcome talk from staff before becoming a blur of colourful and bustling activity with the mix of ping pong, cooking, games and workshops. You might think it's like any other centre for kids until you realise that for these young people, who are all young carers, free time is extremely limited and precious so it’s no wonder they make the most of this snapshot whilst they can. Savanna 17-year-old Savanna is a young carer who attends Crossroads Care

    Savanna, who is 17, shares...

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