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Children in Need - With Pudsey Bear
What is Children in Need?
Children in Need is an annual UK charity event that finishes with a 7-hour, all evening, TV extravaganza show on the BBC - the BBC Pudsey Concert!
Children in Need started in 1980. Between 1980 and 2016 CIN had raised over £600 million directly for the Children in Need charity.
The Children in Need TV Programme, on BBC Television
The Children in Need TV show runs for a full 7 hours of entertainment, with a whole line of celebrities and stars coming out to entertain, or donate money. There are also lots of recorded interview clips shown where the presenters visit those people and organisations who have been helped by the charity, to show how the money will be spent, or is being spent.
The BBC also have reporters based throughout the UK, who go out on the evening of Children in Need interviewing groups and individuals who have collected money. It is very common for companies and staff to have Dress Down Days, where they pay £1 to wear their normal clothes, or they dress up in a theme for the day - with all cash collected going to the Children in Need charity.
In the weeks leading up to the main event day, individuals and groups are out running fundraisers, running marathons, holding coffee mornings - and 1000 more bizarre initiatives - purely to raise money for this national charity.
Throughout the evening of entertainment on the TV, viewers are invited to phone in and make a pledge over the telephone using their debit or credit card.
Call Centre Staff
To stage an event like Children in Need takes a lot of organisation - and staffing. It's become customary for large organisations to donate their staff and equipment for the night. For example, BT will donate their call centre staff and lines to answer the phones to take donations over the phones.
As a backdrop to the stage on the TV show there's always a running total of how much has been raised to date - and every year the objective is to raise more money than the year before.
Who is Pudsey Bear?
Every programme has a mascot - and Pudsey Bear is the well-known mascot for Children in Need.
Pudsey Bear is a golden-coloured teddy bear, with a patch over one eye.
Pudsey Bear Colouring Pictures & Pudsey Bear Colouring Sheets:
A great source of free Children in Need colouring pictures, colouring pages and colouring sheets for kids ready to print out are available at:
When is Children in Need 2017?
Children in Need 2017 is on Friday 17 November.
Who is Presenting Children in Need 2017?
Details are usually announced at the last minute - and there are always surprise guest appearances on the night.
Is There a Theme for Children in Need 2017?
The theme is always SPOTS.
The tagline is: “Show your spots, Let's Raise Lots!”
The theme is inspired by the spots on Pudsey's eyepatch - and is easy to replicate and incorporate into your own theme ideas!
Official BBC Children in Need Websites & More Info
Getting Involved & Sponsors
There are hundreds of ways you can get involved in Children in Need - if you're not already doing something, then how about checking out the official BBC website for ideas.
Many other organisations support Children in Need every year.
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