Connect with us


The History Of Children In Need

The BBC’s Children In Need charity aims to make a big difference to the lives of impoverished and disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Every year in mid-November a telethon takes place on BBC that features the charity’s mascot Pudsey Bear and long-standing host Terry Wogan together with multiple celebrities, fundraising tales, and clips of where the money is needed most and what it will be used for.
Since 1980, the charity has raised more than £600million for children and young people in the UK. Organisations that work with children aged 18 and younger with psychological, physical or sensory disorders, who are living in poverty, or who are suffering through neglect, abuse or distress, have all benefited from the charity.

The charity has certainly come a long way since its beginnings in the late 1920s.

Early days: Radio and TV appeals

The BBC made its first charity appeal in 1927. This consisted of a 5-minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day that raised around £1,143, which is about £27,000 by today’s standards. The money was shared between four children’s charities.
In 1955, the first televised appeal was made called Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal and presented by Sooty and Harry Corbett. Until 1979, these Christmas Day appeals took place on TV and radio, raising a total of £625,836. Terry Wogan made his first appearance in the 1978 appeal.

Later days: Telethons

The first telethon took place in 1980 and raised £1million for children’s charities across the UK. Fronted by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen, this format captured the imagination of the public and has been used ever since.
Pudsey Bear made his TV debut in 1985, as a brown cuddly mascot. Designed by BBC graphic designer Joanna Ball, the bear was named after her hometown in West Yorkshire. The following year, Pudsey became the official logo of the charity and was redesigned to be the yellow bear with red-spotted bandage. He stayed this way until 2007 when he received a new bandana and brighter colours.

Children In Need

In 1988 Children In Need became a registered charity in England and Wales, and a registered charity in Scotland in 2008.
Nowadays, the annual telethon is a 7-hour-long programme that features celebrities and singers, and spans sketches, music and more. The amount raised so far is flashed up on screen and viewers are encouraged to make a donation in return for the evening’s entertainment. There is also a section for people who have been busy fundraising for the charity in the run-up to the telethon – with ideas ranging from the likes of sponsored sits in baths of baked beans to cake days and runs. People across the country get involved including schools and businesses as well as individuals.
Activity extends across other BBC TV and radio channels and before the telethon BBC Radio 2 hosts four days of fundraising which often raises in excess of £1million.
The Children In Need telethon in 2011 raised a record amount of £26,332,334.

  • Photograph by Mike Fleming (via Wikimedia Commons) [CC BY 2.0]
Featured images:
  •  License: Creative Commons image source

This article was writen by guest author, L. Keen, who actively gives to charity and often blogs about children’s needs and welfare, often on behalf of their favourite toy retailers such as Gifts For Tweens.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Posts

Business2 days ago

Why Is Quantity Surveying Essential in Construction Industry

Quantity surveying is an essential part of the Australian construction industry. It is the process of calculating and estimating the...

Home Improvement4 days ago

How to Maintain Upholstered Furniture

No matter if you have pets or kids, maintaining your upholstered furniture is quite a challenge. Even though vacuuming it...

Business1 week ago

How Do I Find a Good Developer?

Finding a good bubble developer to help build your app or digital product can seem challenging. How can you choose...

Home Improvement2 weeks ago

When is a right time for home repairs?

Summer is a popular time for a renovation around the globe. While it is true that bright days and warm...

Top Alteryx Competitors Top Alteryx Competitors
Tech3 weeks ago

Top 15 Alteryx Competitors

The world has seen a tremendous rise in startups and new incorporations in the business world. Companies have great potential...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Latest Wedding Trends for 2023

If you’re planning on getting married this year, chances are you’re probably overwhelmed and confused when it comes to wedding...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Tips To Make The Most Of Your City Break In London!

London is one of the best cities in the world, known for its quintessentially British culture, great nightlife, fantastic museums...

General1 month ago

The Ultimate Guide To Packing For A Trip To London

London is one of the best cities in the world, known for it’s rich history, quintessentially British culture, the best...

Tech2 months ago

Top 15 Web Development IDEs

The web development field has seen sustainable growth throughout the years. As technology is advancing, so is the web development...

devops devops
Tech2 months ago

12 Key DevOps Programming Languages to Still Popular in 2022

“DevOps is not a goal, but a never-ending process of continual improvement.” – Jez Humble Delivering the finest of services...

Entertainment2 months ago

Festival Fashion Style Tips For 2022

Summer is well and truly here and with that comes the festival season! From the biggest stars performing on stage...

Green & Energy2 months ago

4 Tips For Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

Everyone is trying to make more of an effort to make their wardrobe more sustainable, but often are unsure where...

General3 months ago

7 tips on how to organize a budget-friendly move

If you are planning a move any time soon, you might be worried about all the expenses that wait for...

Metal Roof Colors Metal Roof Colors
Home Improvement3 months ago

Metal Roof Colors: How to Select the Best Color for a New Roof

Choosing the right type of material for your roof is enough of a hassle already that the question of choosing...

Health3 months ago

Simple Ways To Feel More Confident At The Gym

If you are new to the gym, or you haven’t been in a while, sometimes you might not feel completely...