Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Whatever you need to know, in this section you'll find useful information about fundraising for BBC Children in Need and about the charity itself.

  • What is BBC Children in Need for?

    BBC Children in Need exists to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

  • What is BBC Children in Need’s Vision?

    BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential

    We will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

  • How does BBC Children in Need raise money?

    We raise money by organising an annual fundraising campaign that culminates in a day of fantastic entertainment across the BBC.

    Our income comes from many sources including hundreds and thousands of people who do amazing acts of fundraising, people who directly donate to us and through a number of partners who sell products and collect from their staff and customers.

  • How much money did Appeal night 2013 raise?

    Celebrating its 34th annual Appeal, the Appeal Night in 2013 raised a record breaking £31.1 million. This total will continue to rise as the money pours in from the thousands of events already held or scheduled to happen around the UK, and we'll announce our grand year's total later in 2014.

  • How much money did BBC Children in Need 2012 raise?

    BBC Children in Need 2012 raised £26,757,446 on the night thanks to the generosity of our supporters. The full year reached £43.3 million, our second highest total in over 30 years of telethons and over 80 years of BBC Appeals for disadvantaged children.

  • Where does the money raised go?

    We use the money we get to support projects working with disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

    We are currently supporting around 2,700 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; disabled young people and children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.

    In the last year, BBC Children in Need helped change the lives of 450,000 disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

  • To date, how much money has BBC Children in Need raised?

    Since our first major Appeal in 1980 BBC Children in Need has raised over £720 million. This money has been used to help disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

  • How does the Charity cover its costs?

    When we award funding to a project this may be for a period of up to three years. Giving a longer term grant ensures that the project can get well established and be in position to have a real impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. To ensure the project is well run we don't give all the funding upfront, but release the money in yearly instalments after receiving a report on the work that has been done to date. This means we have some funds on deposit in our bank awaiting distribution. This money earns investment income, as does the money in our reserves and it is from this income, Gift Aid income and our merchandise sales that we will cover all our running costs.

  • Where does the money go?

    We fund projects working with children and young people aged 18 years and under, living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, who are experiencing disadvantage through:

    • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
    • Any kind of disability
    • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
    • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

    Every year, thanks to public donations and the amazing efforts of fundraisers, schools, businesses and our corporate partners, we are able to provide support to thousands of disadvantaged children and young people. Details of grants in your area.

  • What should I do if I need to talk to someone?

    If you need to talk to someone at BBC Children in Need about fundraising or a grant, please call the BBC Children in Need helpdesk on 0345 609 0015 or email pudsey@bbc.co.uk

    If you are a child or young person and are worried about anything, something big or something small, don’t bottle it up - call ChildLine on 0800 1111 - or visit their website at www.childline.org.uk

    If you are worried about a child, don’t wait until you are certain, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 800 5000 or visit their website at www.childline.org.uk for advice and support.

  • How do you decide which projects to fund?

    Every year the funding requests exceed the amount of money raised. We carefully assess applications to ensure that grants will make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

    Grant applications are reviewed in the Nation or Region where projects are based. A group of people, either local staff or volunteer committee members, draw on their specialist knowledge of the local context, the non-profit and children’s sectors, and BBC Children in Need’s policies and priorities to advise our board of Trustees which projects should receive grants.

    Please look at the Grants section of our website for more information about the different ways our Main Grants Programme and Small Grants Programme work.

  • Why doesn't BBC Children in Need give money to projects overseas?

    All charities in the UK which are registered with the Charity Commission have a trust deed - a legal document which governs what they can and can't do. When the BBC Governors registered BBC Children in Need as a charity it was to support and help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK only. This still remains the case and money could only be sent overseas by changing the trust deed. It's also illegal to fundraise for one purpose and use the money for a different one - our fundraising clearly states the money raised is to help those aged 18 and under in the UK.

  • Would my project working with disadvantaged children and young people qualify for a BBC Children in Need grant?

    We fund projects working with children and young people aged 18 years and under, living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, who are experiencing disadvantage through:

    • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
    • Any kind of disability
    • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
    • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

    We fund not-for-profit organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.

    These organisations include:

    • Registered charities
    • Voluntary organisations
    • Schools
    • Churches
    • Community interest groups

    We do not fund local government bodies, including councils at all levels, nor do we fund any NHS body.

    If you are still unsure whether your group is able to apply for a grant please check

    our A to Z Guidance. You can also call the BBC Children in Need helpdesk on 0345 609 0015 or email pudsey@bbc.co.uk

  • How do I get a grant application form?

    Please look at the Grants section of our website for more information about applying for a Main Grant or a Small Grant from BBC Children in Need, including how to access our online application forms.

    We are open to applications all year round, but we have a number of deadline and award dates throughout the year. You can find these dates in our Should I Apply Section for Main Grants, or our Should I Apply section for Small Grants. The time of the deadline is always midnight.

    Remember:

    • Plan your project carefully. You may find our guide to Planning Your Project useful before you complete your application. Poor planning is a common reason why applications are not successful.
    • Read our A to Z Guidance to help you make sure you only apply for things that we can fund.
    • The most common reason applications are unsuccessful is because not all the required extra information is included. If you have any questions about what you need to submit please refer to our FAQ or contact us
  • Can grants be made to help individual children or young people?

    Grants for individual children and young people are available through our Emergency Essentials Programme. This programme provides struggling families with items that meet children’s most basic needs, such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to give them a hot meal or clothing in a crisis.

    We may consider applications from organisations seeking a Small or Main Grant to support an individual child or young person with specific needs to access their activities or services.

  • What can I do to fundraise for BBC Children in Need?

    You can still get a 2013 fundraising pack by ordering one here. We also have lots of inspiration for you online, and lots of downloadable toolkits to help you with your fundraising.

  • Can I collect money door-to-door or in public places?

    We don't encourage fundraisers to collect money door-to-door, in the street or any other public place and are unable to supply tins or buckets. Public collections undertaken for, or on behalf of, charities in public places are regulated by law and require a licence from the relevant authorities. We would recommend that you arrange a fundraising event rather than a collection.

  • Can I organise my own raffle?

    Under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005 a raffle is considered to be a lottery and must be run in accordance with the law. If you're planning on organising your own raffle, please check the rules on the Gambling Commission website.

  • Can the BBC donate some prizes for a raffle I'm organising?

    Unfortunately we do not have the funds to supply raffle prizes. For every penny donated you give to the BBC Children in Need, a penny goes to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people, therefore we have to keep our running operating costs to a minimum.

  • My company would like to get involved in fundraising. What do I need to do?

    If your company is interested in becoming a corporate partner please email us at pudsey@bbc.co.uk. Alternatively there are lots of ideas in our fundraising pack.

  • Can my company sell items for the Appeal?

    Businesses are required by company law to have a written agreement with us if they plan to sell goods, services, or run promotions for the Appeal. Please contact pudsey@bbc.co.uk for details.

  • How can my school get involved?

    Please check out the ideas for schools in our fundraising packs. We also have a dedicated school section online where teachers and students can download fundraising essentials and activity sheets.

  • How can I make sure my activity is legal and safe?

    The Institute of Fundraising provide comprehensive guidance on issues such as fundraising laws, public events, fundraising with children, insurance and risk so please visit how2fundraise.org for advice.

    When planning a fundraising event, please also see the guidelines on Keeping Children Safe and refer to the Safe Network website and the NSPCC Fundraising best practice guidelines.

  • I'd like to release a song for the Appeal, what do I need to do?

    BBC Children in Need releases only one single for the Appeal and it is recorded by a well-known artist. If you would like to release something at a local level, please email pudsey@bbc.co.uk with all the details.

  • Can you arrange for a celebrity to attend my fundraising event?

    Unfortunately we can't provide celebrities for events but, if he is available, Pudsey would love to make an appearance. Please contact your local BBC Children in Need office for details.

  • Can I have a copy of the Pudsey logo to use in my fundraising events?

    Our logo is a trade mark and copyrighted by the BBC. Because of this anyone using the logo must have a formal licensing agreement. If you are organising an event and wish to show that you are supporting BBC Children in Need, you can download our supporter branding.

  • How can I get media coverage of my event?

    The BBC has full editorial control over all its output, including the TV Appeal Show, so we cannot arrange for your event to be covered by the BBC. Please visit the BBC's Where I Live website for information on how to contact your local BBC stations. Local newspapers often like to feature fundraising stories, so do contact them to let them know the details of your event and any photo opportunities.

  • How can I pay in fundraising money or make a donation?

    Please do not send cash by post but send a cheque, postal order or CAF voucher to: BBC Children in Need Appeal, PO Box 1000, London W12 7WJ. Alternatively you can use the BBC Children in Need paying-in slip included in your fundraising pack. Most banks, building societies and post offices will accept the money you have collected for BBC Children in Need for a month or two after the Appeal and HSBC will accept it all year round. You can also donate securely via this website, using a credit or debit card or your Paypal account, or call our donation line on 0345 7 33 22 33.

  • I have a lot coins to pay in, what can I do with them?

    Banks prefer it when you sort your coins into separate plastic bags before you pay in your money. Alternatively you can use your nearest Coinstar machine during the months of November and December. To find your nearest machine call free on 0800 328 2274 or visit the coinstar website.

  • How can I get a certificate for the money I've raised?

    To receive a your Thank You Certificate, send your original paying-in slip or your cheque with your name and address included, to BBC Children in Need, PO Box 1000, London W12 7WJ, or to your local BBC Children in Need office.

  • How much does it cost to call the donation line?

    Calls to 03 numbers are charged at standard geographic rates from landlines and mobiles.

  • What percentage of my donation will go towards helping children and young people?

    For every penny you give us, a penny will go towards projects helping disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK. We are able to make this promise because BBC Children in Need uses its investment income and Gift Aid to cover all running costs.

  • I want to make a complaint about BBC Children in Need.

    BBC Children in Need recognises the fact that receiving feedback from those it interacts with, both through compliments and complaints, is an important part developing as an organisation.

    To make a complaint, please read our Complaints Procedure document.

  • What is Gift Aid and how does it mean more money for BBC Children in Need?

    If you're making a donation and you pay tax, or you're being sponsored and your sponsors pay tax, then it is possible the HM Revenue and Customs will give the charity an extra 25p for every pound raised. All you or your sponsors have to do is tell us if you've paid any tax this year that adds up to more than the extra money being claimed. So, doing a bit of maths, if £10 is given this means an extra £2.50 can be claimed if the person giving the money has paid tax of £2.50 or more. This is an easy way to get more money but your sponsors need to tick the red box on your sponsorship form. We will use your Gift Aid income, along with our investment income to help keep the charity running.

  • I would like to include BBC Children in Need in my Will. What do I need to do?

    Throughout the year we receive donations in the form of legacies and we're incredibly grateful for these donations. If you would like to consider BBC Children in Need as a beneficiary in your Will, please contact your solicitor who will require the following details.

    The official name of the charity is:

    BBC Children in Need Appeal

    Our address is:

    BBC Children in Need Appeal

    PO Box 1000

    London W12 7WJ

    Our registered charity number in England and Wales: 802052, in Scotland: SC039557.

  • When is the Appeal Show? Which stars are appearing on it?

    2014 Appeal Night will be Friday 14 November!

  • Are any of the Presenters paid for presenting the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show?

    None of the presenters receives a fee for presenting the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.

  • Can I get tickets for the Appeal Night show?

    Please email pudsey@bbc.co.uk for any queries about tickets.

    It might also be worth bearing in mind that BBC Children in Need also holds local broadcasts around the country on Appeal Night, and depending on the size of the venue and the location in the UK you may have more chance of obtaining tickets for these events. We do not coordinate the attendance at these centrally, but you will be able find out details about these events and how to obtain tickets for them on your BBC local website to find yours! This information will become available as Appeal Night draws closer.

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