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Children In Need
Thank You CiN!
The BBC's first broadcast appeal for children was a five-minute radio programme on Christmas Day in 1927. Now Children in Need raises huge sums every year which are spent all over the country. Here, local charities say why they are thankful to CiN.
BBC Children in Need became a registered charity in England and Wales in 1989 and a registered charity in Scotland in 2008.
The annual telethon continues to be a highlight of the charity's year long campaign, when the whole BBC joins together to support BBC Children in Need on TV, radio and online.
Listen as four local charities explain their work and the vial part CiN funding has in their activities.
Listen: Oadby Young Carers Group
Graham Pote has been Youth Worker at the Club since 2003.
He says that until the time that they received guaranteed funding from CiN they had to rely on small donations from a variety of sources...
"Children in Need has transformed our situation," says Graham.
"The object of the group is that young carers can come along and get respite from their caring responsibilities.
"We organise a meeting once a week. There are a number of activities and we try to provide them for free...
"Children in Need has transformed the situation by allowing us to pay for a member of staff."
Graham said there was a lot of paperwork involved in applying for money from CiN. However, "it was a great feeling when we heard we'd got it for three years. It was a great boost!"
CiN Presnter Sir Terry Wogan
Listen: Belgrave Playhouse
This project is intended for youngsters aged between two and 18 years-old...
It provides safe, secure atmosphere in which boys and girls can play and have adventures.
Amongst other things, sports facilities are provided and outings planned.
Parents value the secure environment provided and the Playhouse undoubtedly saves many users from gang culture.
The youngsters themselves love using the house. "The adults don't judge you on how you look," says one. "You are treated like an ordinary person."
Listen: New Futures Project
The New Futures Project in Leicester assists and supports men and women, girls and boys involved or exploited through prostitution...
Della Cavner, who runs the project, says: "We noticed an increase in young girls working on the streets and young boys.
"Help from Children in Need has meant that we are able to give more targeted support and provide proper exit strategies for our clients.
"Just moving them forward is very important and often this means increasing their self-esteem. At present they are being exploited."
Della says she can understand how some people are suffering from charity fatigue. But, she says, "Come along and see what we do. Look at how we help people."
Children in Need money really can change people's lives.
Listen: Melton Mowbray Mencap and Gateway
The group allows mentally disadvantaged youngsters to socialise and be taken out into the community.
This makes a huge difference to both the youngsters and their carers...
"Children in Need provides 60% of our money... Without it we just wouldn't be able to do what we so," says Yvonne Mellor.
"It's so hard," says Yvonne. "We don't have any money of our own. We are so grateful to Children in Need.
And so are the youngsters!
last updated: 12/11/2008 at 17:47