Join The Hugo-Thon On BBC Radio Ulster

Monday 5 November 2012, 14:50

Paul Condon Paul Condon Digital Content Producer

It's that time of year again when fundraisers from across Northern Ireland start to prepare for this year's BBC Children in Need.

BBC Radio Ulster's Hugo Duncan with Pudsey Bear Hugo Duncan is raising money for BBC Children in Need again this year.

In the run up to the big night on Friday, November 16, BBC Radio Ulster's Hugo Duncan leads the way rising to the challenge of raising money for the Appeal in BBC Radio Ulster’s sixth ‘Hugo’thon’.

For five days, from Monday, November 12 to Friday, November 16, Hugo and Lynette Fay will call on listeners to be as generous as ever in supporting an auction.

Hugo Duncan said: "BBC Children in Need has been very close to my heart for many years and the whole team is really looking forward to yet another Hugo-thon.

"I know that all our listeners - at home and out on the roads - will be ringing in to pledge as much money as they can for such delights as a 'money can’t buy' chance to attend a unique lunch hosted by The Speaker of the NI Assembly on BBC Children in Need day when Parliament Buildings is 80 years old! Or bid for a Country Music week in Majorca, the chance to ride pillion with the biker of your choice at the Ulster Grand Prix, spend a night in the biggest hotel suite in Belfast or grab enough sweets to keep you chewing for a whole year!

"There’ll be plenty of instant sales on offer too - World Cup Qualifier tickets, Driving Lessons, Shopping Vouchers and Hampers, a Hot Towel Shave, Concert Tickets, bags of turf and even a Christmas tree! All this and lots of good music along the way for a wonderful cause - and remember BBC Children in Need is always lots of fun, but at the heart of the charity are thousands of projects who rely on funding to help make a difference to young lives, so please do support in any way that you can."

Tune in to Hugo Duncan and Lynette Fay on BBC Radio Ulster from 1.30-3pm to phone in a bid or just simply make a donation – on 08459 555 678 – and don’t forget all your requests and dedications via email and text.

Other BBC Radio Ulster programmes will be carrying stories about fundraising activities throughout the week in the run-up to the big night. So make sure you let us know what your plans are. Just call Pudsey on 028 9033 8221 or email Pudsey@bbc.co.uk with details of your event and we’ll be in touch

Last year on the night the Northern Ireland total was £755,954, contributing to an overall UK total of £46m. Of that £3.2m was spent on 181 grants in Northern Ireland.

For more information on how to get involved with this year's BBC Children in Need or to make a donation log on to: bbc.co.uk/pudsey and follow the links to the Northern Ireland site or call: 03457 33 22 33. Standard geographic charges for landlines and mobiles will apply.

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