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BBC Children in Need

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Posted by on October 19th, 2019.

BBC Children in Need 2019

Together we can make a difference

BBC Children in Need is the perfect occasion to join one another to make great things happen. Children in Need is the BBC’s UK charity, and the annual event aims to make a difference to young people, by supporting around 2,400 projects across the UK. The BBC’s main goal is to empower children and enable them to extend their life choices, all whilst living a safe, happy and secure childhood.

Pudsey Bear

The famous Children in Need logo and mascot (that you all may recognise) is a yellow bear with a spotted bandana over one eye, designed by Joanna Ball in 1985. The bear was named ‘Pudsey’ or ‘Pudsey Bear’ after the designer’s home town in West Yorkshire – Pudsey. Joanna told the BBC in 2014 that: ‘it was very important to me that whatever we came up with was something that young children could relate to.’ This iconic bear definitely did not disappoint and gives hope to children around the UK.

Pudsey Bear was introduced to the public by the TV presenter, late Sir Terry Wogan, in 1985 (that makes Pudsey over 30 years old). However, the bear has not always been yellow, with multicoloured spots. Originally, it was a brown teddy bear with circular buttons running down his front with the letters BBC spelt out. He also had a red bandana with black triangles. It was only a year after his launch, that Pudsey had his makeover. He then became yellow and his bandana turned white with red polka dots. Then finally in 2007 Pudsey got another new look and transformed into the lovable bear that we know today. He had all of his buttons removed and his bandana spots become multi-coloured instead of red.

Children In Need Appeal Night

Every pound donated to BBC Children in Need is monitored and evaluated to have a positive impact. Therefore, all funds are wisely spent to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK. The main event always takes place in November, and this year’s Appeal Night show will be airing on Friday the 15th. During the evening you will see communities coming together to raise money, short films, interviews, entertainment such as singing and dance performance as well as many other activities to signify the importance of this amazing Charity.  You will also see some of our employees there, showing how much we managed to raise for Children In Need.

Even though there is an annual televised programme, donations and fundraising events actually take place all year around. You can always run a fundraising event to support the charity at any point during year, or even join and support any of the Children in Need projects that are within your local area.

BBC Children in Need Punt-A-Thon

So if you are a Cambridge local or tourist, and you want to make a difference in children’s lives then we have the perfect opportunity for you. We the Traditional Punting Company are collaborating with Let’s Go Punting in aid of BBC Children In Need by having a ‘Punt-A-Thon’. On the 2nd of November 2019, we will be running a 12 hour Punt-A-Thon, on our Polka Dot Pudsey Punt. All the money raised during the 12 hour-long punting sessions, along the River Cam in Cambridge, will be going directly to the charity.

Are you willing to make the difference? Have you booked your tickets yet? This is how you can get them: either by purchasing your tickets on our  Punting Cambridge website or alternatively, you can purchase them over the phone, by calling us on 01223 782306 to find out more.

If you’d like to get additional information about BBC Children in Need and other ways to get involved, click here.

Remember small acts of kindness generate immense support in children’s lives.

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