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Around 9,000 people got a real treat this year at the Little Grandsen Airshow, raising a record-breaking £65,000 for our Appeal.

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    Around 9,000 people got a real treat this year at the Little Grandsen Airshow with world class aerobatics from Mark Jeffries. A Twister, Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster Bombers took to the skies to put on a spectacular show to raise money for BBC Children in Need – raising a record-breaking £63,743.69 for our Appeal.

    “We had more visitors than we’ve ever had – the event was a sell out,” said organiser Dave Poile, “And we raised more money than ever before!”

    What began 22 years ago as a small charity event is now a regular fixture in South Cambridgeshire. This year’s August event saw the four-hour air show begin with a Spitfire flyover, closely followed by a Tiger Moth bi-plane and C172 display. The Trig Aerobatic Team wowed audiences with their acrobatic stunts before a former RAF Vulcan took to the skies for three final flyovers.

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    Fraser’s mum Shona had a perfect pregnancy. But during his birth, Fraser’s heart stopped and he was starved of oxygen. Near death for the next 72 hours, he spent the next six days in intensive care. After four more long days, Shona and Fraser were finally allowed home, where her plans for motherhood changed forever. Fraser’s traumatic birth had left him with Cerebral Palsy, a neurological condition that affects movement, co-ordination and sometimes even communication.

    Shona had to leave her job: looking after Fraser and his older brother Mark needed all of her time and energy. And although she tried taking Fraser along to mother and toddler groups, she didn’t feel comfortable when he couldn’t keep up with the other children.

    Then she found Bright Sparks, a special place where disabled children can play and socialise with other youngsters: its busy building hosts clubs every night of the week as well as during school holidays.

    Based in an old schoolhouse in Midlothian, Scotland - wrangled from the hands of the council ten years ago by founder Louise Gough - it’s a small space where magic happens.

    Shona instantly found Bright Sparks to be a lifeline: it was there that...

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    While 10-year-old George was wandering around CarFest last year, he decided to do two very important things - raise money for BBC Children in Need and hold his own mini festival.

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    A year later, George’s dreams became reality - he combined the two to welcome over 40 people to ‘Campfest 2014’, a fundraising festival he’d created in his own back garden!

     “I gave him a budget of £100 to spend on anything related to the event,” says mum Carol, who helped George with his ‘big idea’. “Food, drink, prizes: everything.” 

    George used the funds wisely and spent months organising the summer festival – planning the entertainment, getting a stage built and devising a menu plan for the weekend. 

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    No detail was overlooked. “He even ordered wristbands and sent them out with the...

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    When an accident left fitness fanatic Rob Groves a paraplegic, he had to come to terms with a whole new way of life. Now he’s cycling from Edinburgh to London to raise money for BBC Children in Needusing just his hands!

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    Hero Rob will start his epic challenge at BBC Edinburgh in Midlothian on 9 November, and will hand-cycle for six days – sometimes overnight - to reach London.

    The...

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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...

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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.

    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...

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    We hope you had a great summer – all of us at BBC Children in Need certainly did. Each year, we spend 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.

    The band in action at Wren Music!

    For some children and young...

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    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 specialist symptom and...

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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...

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    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...

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