BBC Children In Need 2007
About BBC Children In Need
BBC Children In Need's mission is to positively change the lives of children and young people living in the UK who have suffered hardships, difficulties or disadvantage of some kind. The charity's vision is a society where each and every child and young person is supported to realise their potential.
The 2006 BBC Children In Need Appeal raised over £33million – thanks to the generosity of the British public and the enthusiasm of fundraisers, schools, businesses and the charity's corporate partners. This money will help support thousands of youngsters aged 18 and under in the UK.
BBC Children In Need provide support in the form of grants to organisations working with children who have mental, physical or sensory disabilities; behavioural or psychological disorders; are living in poverty, or situations of deprivation; or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.
The size and scale of the BBC Children In Need Appeal means that a huge range of projects can be funded, from small organisations which don't have the resources to fundraise for themselves, to large national charities. Some development grants are also awarded to organisations that require extra support reaching the stage where they can deliver a successful project.
The smallest grant this year was awarded to the South Holland User Group (SHUG) in Spalding, Lincolnshire, which provides a playgroup for children under four years old whose parents have mental health problems. The sessions allow the children to meet and play in a safe and supportive environment and a grant of £200 will pay for bean bags and toys.
The average size of a grant this year was £24,424 and the largest was the two-year grant of £1,750,000 awarded to the Frank Buttle Trust. Over the course of a long partnership with BBC Children in Need, the Frank Buttle Trust have used their expertise to provide smaller welfare grants to individual children in need. These grants pay for basic essentials such as clothing, beds, bedding, washing machines and cookers, or contribute to the cost of equipment which helps improve the child's quality of life.
The charity operates all year round, not just in the months leading up to Appeal Night and since November 2006, BBC Children in Need staff around the UK have processed 3,579 applications and awarded grants to 1,350 different organisations. Every year the funding requests exceed the amount of money raised so all applications are carefully assessed to ensure that grants are targeted on areas of real need.
Voluntary committee members, based in each region, draw on their expertise and local knowledge to advise The BBC Children in Need board of Trustees on which projects should receive grants and funds are allocated geographically to ensure that all corners of the UK get a share of the money raised.
The amount allocated by region this year is as follows:
- Northern Ireland – £2,497,711
- Scotland – £3,830,928
- Wales – £2,525,424
- North West England – £3,024,217
- North East England – £2,941,693
- Midlands and East England – £3,962,731
- London and South East England – £6,438,822
- South and West England – £2,861,985
- UK-wide – £4,888,958
For details of all grants by area this year please visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey.