BBC Children in Need 2018

Ade Adepitan

Go for it! Be creative, have fun and know whatever you are doing you’re going to be potentially changing the lives of young people in this country.Ade Adepitan
Date: 06.11.2018     Last updated: 06.11.2018 at 00.01

Why is BBC Children in Need so special to you?

Wow that’s a big question. I think me and BBC Children in Need have got history, I grew up playing Wheelchair Basketball at Stoke Mandeville and I remember when I was in the Junior championships when BBC Children in Need used to host part of their show there and they would support the players and help us with getting money for new chairs and sports equipment. It’s probably one of the earliest times when I found out that something so influential wanted to support and that means so much. Also, the work that BBC Children in Need do across the UK, is just so important. In my childhood, if I hadn’t had help from BBC Children in Need, who knows, I may not have been the player that I am today.

What is your favourite part of presenting the evening?

My favourite part…the glitz and the glamour! The suits, the celebrities, the whole package is just incredible. It’s Friday night TV at its best, its having fun in front of a live audience and on top of it, the icing on the cake is you help people raise money for amazing causes in the UK.

What has been one your favourite moments of the entertainment segments of the show?

The opening of the show because it’s a live show and however many times you do it your heart is always in your mouth, your chest is pumping, you are waiting backstage knowing you are about to go out to a huge audience and also broadcast out to millions of viewers around the country and that’s when I think wow, little old me from East London, here I am in front of all of these people and it’s time to start the show!

What stories have you heard since presenting the show has inspired you the most?

All the stories are incredible; I’m always touched by people who are fighting long term illnesses. I’ve had quite a few people in my life who have died as a result of cancer and just to see how brave some of these people are when fighting with this, especially young kids. It’s just heart breaking, but their courage really inspires me. I think it’s just so important for the nation to see that there are other people dealing with huge issues and with so much bravery and dignity. 

What advice would you give to someone who might be interested in raising money for BBC Children in Need?

Go for it! Be creative, have fun and know whatever you are doing you’re going to be potentially changing the lives of young people in this country.