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Tonight marks the start of the 2017 Children in Need Fundraising on BBC One – Live from 7:30pm.

History of the show

The BBC’s first broadcast appeal took place in 1927 and was specifically aimed at helping children. It was a five-minute radio show broadcasted on Christmas Day. In 1955 the first TV show was broadcasted – the “Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal”!

Who is Pudsey the Bear?

Pudsey first appeared in 1985 on the show after a long discussion of what the new mascot on the show should be. BBC designer Joanna Ball created the little fella, who’s named after her hometown in West Yorkshire. Learn something new every day, right?!

How do you get involved?

Children in Need is a chance for all of us to change the lives of children all across the UK, to offer help and raise some funds. Just because it starts tonight, doesn’t mean it’s too late to start fundraising. You can download the fundraising kits here, from Sweepstake posters, Bake, rate & donate sheets and do you own quiz – it’s easy to start!

What do Children in Need do?

Well, their vision is to ensure the safety and welfare of children in the UK, to provide a secure and happy life and to allow all children in the UK to reach their potential. The number of children suffering in the UK is heart-breaking, whether this is through poverty and deprivation, victims of abuse, have been neglected previously or suffer from a disability.Money raised from the fundraising is donated to projects throughout the UK, whose main priority is to help children and young people who are at a disadvantage at such an early stage in their lives.BBC Children in Need currently assist around 2,400 projects throughout the UK.

Help at Home – Isle of Man

Children in Need does amazing work in the UK but also right here on the Isle of Man. Two island based charities have received help from the money raised in the past, this includes Crossroads Care Isle of Man who received £68,019 and Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man who received £98,929.

What’s on tonight’s show?

Some of the presenters for the evening include Tes Daly, Graham Norton (love him), Mel Giedroyc and Ade Adepitan.There’s a Weakest Link celebrity special, 6 current Blue Peter presenters are doing Strictly Come Dancing to compete for the Pudsey Glitter Ball Trophy, the EastEnders cast singing their favourite classics from West End Musicals and well Doctor Who fans will get an exclusive clip of the Christmas Special.Musicians such as Rita Ora, The Vamps and Jason Derulo will also be performing on tonight’s show so listen out for them!If you want more information and would like to donate please click here!


We hope that you enjoy your evening watching Children in Need as much as we do, and well done to everyone who has already donated or been at the forefront of the fundraising this year.This is a real opportunity to make a difference to many children’s lives in the UK and also here on the Isle of Man.

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