The Children In Need Takeover - Sara Cox
Sara Cox kicks off The Children In Need Takeover with Blue Peter presenters, Peppa & Daddy Pig, Craig David, George Ezra, Jessie Ware and live music from The Vamps!
Sara Cox kicks off The Children In Need Takeover, with Blue Peter presenters Lindsey and Radzi, plus Peppa & Daddy Pig, Craig David, George Ezra, Jessie Ware and live music from The Vamps!
We'll also handover our whole playlist to the children, staff and volunteers from projects around the UK that are supported by Pudsey's piggy bank. Plus as many of your fundraising shout outs as we can possibly fit in!
It's all for BBC Children In Need you can donate £5 by texting the word RADIO to 70405 or you can donate £10 by texting the word RADIO to 70410.
(UK only) Texts will cost your donation plus your standard network message charge and all of your donation will go to BBC Children In Need. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission. For full terms and conditions or to donate on line go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey. This text service will close on the 31st December 2017.
Pause for Thought: "I’ll award stripy crowns of goodness to everyone, who opens their wallets today for others."
From Comedian & writer Paul Kerensa
Three decades ago, I was a child in need, of much hospital care. I used to think I was so poorly I was even born in a hospital – then I realised that was quite common.
I was born with a rare bladder condition – yes, that least fashionable of body-parts. Today’s trend of making a heart-shape with your fingers – where’s the trend of making a wobbly bladder-shape with your fingers instead? Our day will come.
So I grew up in and out of that famous children’s hospital – Great Ormond Street, just a mile east of here.
Like on this show today, we’d request songs, from hospital radio – I kept asking for new release Radio Gaga, so that ages me.
And like on this show today, the odd celebrity popped in too. (I’m not saying anyone here is odd – although the mix of Craig David and Peppa Pig is unexpected). I was five, so I had to be told who some celebs were – some footballer called John Barnes, a princess called Princess Anne. On her visit, I gave her my self-drawn artwork: ‘The Stripy Crown of Goodness’. I’ve still got her Buckingham Palace-headed reply, saying thank you for the Stripy Crown of Goodness, and how she wishes she could wear it.
A different sort of encouraging paperwork was sent by my namesake, Paul, the Apostle. Half of the New Testament are his letters to different communities: No drawings of striped headwear, but there’s a lot about goodness.
To the Galatians, Paul wrote “Let’s not grow weary of doing good.” To Hebrew Christians he urged, “Consider how to spur one another on, toward love and good deeds.” To Titus, Bishop of Crete: “We must learn to devote ourselves to doing what’s good, to provide for urgent needs, and not live unproductive lives.”
We’re still learning, two thousand years on, and the urgent needs are still there. I’m out of the children’s hospital now – well, I’m 38. And I was lucky – with a world-beating hospital, a fab family, and a manageable condition. But take away just one of those, and boy oh boy, girl oh girl, do those youngsters need help.
So I’ll award Stripy Crowns of Goodness to everyone, who opens their wallets today for others. As a former child in former need, from the bottom of my heart, or indeed, bladder, a huge thank you.