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Children in Need 2021 activities: The best ideas for getting involved with Pudsey Day and how to donate

Children in Need 2021 activities: The best ideas for getting involved with Pudsey Day and how to donate
Children in Need is back, and after the past two years many will want to do their bit and contribute.

Since its first major Appeal in 1980 BBC Children in Need has raised over £1bn to help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to take part.

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Five fun fundraising ideas for kids

Here are the BBC’s best ideas for fundraising with your little ones:

Have your cake and eat it.

“Kids love cakes. Adults love cakes. Who doesn’t love cakes!?

“Bake sales are a classic fundraiser for a reason. They’re fun, delicious and raise lots of money! If you’re looking for recipe inspiration, we suggest these rather yummy Pudsey biscuits and Puds in a mug. They’re simple and tasty, so perfect for any aspiring child baker!”

Get on your dancing shoes

“Get Your Strictly On! This year we’ve teamed up with Strictly Come Dancing and there are endless ways you and your little ones can get involved. Add some glitter to your bakes, go glam for the day in your ballgown or get judging with our downloadable Strictly scoring paddles.

Dress up or down

“Anything goes! Whether you want to dress up as your favourite book or film character, wear your PJs all day, or simply dress down for non-uniform day, look great while you fundraise.

“Get kitted out at the Pudsey Shop. From t-shirts to wristbands to classic Pudsey ears, you’ll absolutely love our new eco-friendly 2021 products.”

Go rambling!

“Autumn leaves. Fresh air. The British countryside. Sponsored Rambles really are a great fundraiser for the whole family.

“The 2021 Countryfile Ramble may have already taken place, but the truth is you can ramble whenever you want. Pick a date that works best for your family and head out into the great outdoors. To find out how you can get Ramble Ready, check out our ultimate guide to a Children in Need sponsored walk.

Let’s get sporty

“Whatever you do for fun, turn it into a fundraiser! You could do a sponsored run or swim. Or you could do 100 star jumps.

Pedal for Pudsey

Have you been inspired by the famous Rickshaw Challenge?

A sponsored cycle is one of the best ways to raise money, while keeping fit to boot.

The BBC says; “Choose your wheels and go the distance for BBC Children in Need this year.  We want you to ride with the rest of the nation and get sponsored to pedal for Pudsey. Whether you’re cycling round your town or taking part virtually, together we can raise money to make a life changing difference to children in the UK.”

Create your own challenge

Perhaps you have your own idea of what you can do, something special to you. It could be a sponsored danceathon, a silent auction or even something more daring.

Whatever you fancy doing to contribute, you can get everything you need here, from a free challenge kit, to a sponsorship page.

Get your school to take part

Schools across the country will be raising money and coming up with ideas for Children in Need.

The BBC says: “Join other schools and nurseries across the UK for a do good, feel good BBC Children in Need Day! There are loads of ways to get your students learning and having fun at the same time this year.

“With the help of schools and nurseries like yours, we can help to tackle the lasting impact of the pandemic and support thousands of children in local communities across the UK.”

You can go here to find age-appropriate activities and events.

You could organise a sweepstake

Last year’s duck race proved extremely popular. In 2021 it will be Rickie & Melvin’s Biscuit Build Sweepstake.

Radio 1 DJ’s Rickie and Melvin are building a tower of biscuits. Pick who will successfully place the final biscuit, and which biscuit will reign supreme.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom who are backing the 'Together, We Can' Children In Need appeal to help disadvantaged young people. The Children In Need appeal show will be broadcast on the BBC on Friday November 19. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 12, 2021. See PA story Showbiz ChildrenInNeed. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom are backing Children in Need (Photo: BBC/PA)

Lock in your pick with a donation and help us change young lives across the UK.

You can take part by following the below steps:

  • Download the poster now and sort your prizes: To get going, just download the challenge poster now and give your players something to cheer for by finding a prize for the winner.
  • Collect £2 per person: Each player pays £2 to take part. Players can scan the code on the poster or use the link to donate
  • Ask players to pick a biscuit and player combo: They can select the combos from the poster and you can write names underneath the biscuits to keep track.
  • Watch the build: Cheer on Rickie or Melvin at 1PM on Friday 19 November on the Children in Need Facebook page
  • Pay in the money: If you’ve collected money in person without using the online donation page, you can now pay it in using this link.

Purchase the charity single

Niall Horan and Anne-Marie have collaborated on a cover of Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac for this year’s Official Children in Need Single

The charity single, available for pre-order now, will be released by Atlantic Records on the day of the charity’s fundraising spectacular, Friday 19 November

It will be released on Friday as The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2 and The Greg James Breakfast Show on Radio 1 bring the stations together for the first broadcast.

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Niall Horan and Anne-Marie have joined forces to cover ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac in aid of the charity (Photo: Children In Need/PA)

The accompanying video will be given its exclusive debut during BBC Children in Need’s 2021 Appeal Show on BBC One that evening. The special video features a number of surprise cameos from a supergroup of world-renowned artists, including Ed Sheeran on guitar, Griff on synths and Yungblud on bass. The music video was directed by Phill Deacon who produced the multi-artist Radio 1 Live Lounge Allstars video for their cover of Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” and the charity’s 2020 single, “Stop Crying Your Heart Out”.

Niall Horan, said: “I have supported BBC Children in Need many times over the years, but given what we have all been through over the last year and a half, it feels more important than ever. Togetherness sits at the heart of BBC Children in Need, and that’s what this track is all about. I hope people enjoy it, but above all, I hope it lets anyone who might be struggling right now know that we are here for them.”

Anne-Marie commented: “As we have seen over the past eighteen months, amazing things happen when we come together to help make a difference, and that’s why I am so proud to be releasing this special track with Niall. I hope everyone loves it as much as we do.”

Watch the appeal show and donate

The main event of Children in Need is always the appeal show, which is on a Friday at the end of November.

This year this is Friday 19 November on BBC One at 7pm and it runs until 10pm.

You can donate here.

This years presenters include:

  • former Bake-Off presenter and comedian Mel Giedroyc,
  • former-footballer and presenter Alex Scott MBE,
  • stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey,
  • talk show host and DJ Graham Norton,
  • and former Paralympian and presenter Ade Adepitan MBE.

The presenters are not paid. Children in Need said: “As a charity, we don’t pay celebrities for their support. We’re very grateful to all of our celebrity supporters who give their time for free.”

Whats on during the appeal show?

The Children in Need synopsis reads: “our big appeal show returns for a jam-packed evening of entertainment.

“The presenters… will be live from the studio in Salford to take viewers through a glittering evening of fun and fundraising.

“The money raised through the show will help support local charities and projects which are providing essential frontline help to children and young people in communities throughout the UK.”

The schedule includes:

I Can See Your Voice

“The addictive play-a-long singing game show is back with a special lip sync challenge for BBC Children in Need. Paddy McGuinness hosts and is joined by Celebrity Investigators; Jimmy Carr, Alison Hammond and Amanda Holden who are helped by Pudsey himself.”

The Wall

“Danny Dyer presents a special edition of the popular BBC One gameshow especially for BBC Children in Need. CBBC TV presenters Sam and Mark will face tricky questions in a round of Free Fall taking on The Wall in an attempt to win money for children and young people facing disadvantages across the UK.”

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Team GB and Paralympics GB School Sports Day

“They may be masters in their field in the sporting world, but who will come out on top in an egg and spoon race? Watch some of the nation’s sporting heroes go head to head in a very competitive school sports day.”

The Repair Shop

“A special repair for BBC Children in Need. Jay Blades and bear repair duo Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell carry out a unique restoration for a young boy who really deserves a treat. Thirteen year old Billy and his mum Mandy, whose family have been supported by a BBC Children in Need funded project, bring a very special bear called Henry to The Repair Shop barn, in the hope that the ladies can work their magic on him.”

The Graham Norton Show – Red Chair special

“Celebrities take on the infamous red chair from The Graham Norton Show but in a special BBC Children in Need twist, their fate is decided by a group of children who preside over the notorious lever!”

Angels of the North

“Star of BBC Three’s Angels of the North Sammyjo and her team of Longlox girls welcome two very special guests (who have benefitted from support from BBC Children in Need funded projects) for a well-deserved pampering session at the infamous Gateshead super salon. Some extra ‘help’ and sparkle is delivered by a very enthusiastic celebrity trainee junior for the day, Celebs Go Dating’s Tom Read-Wilson, who gets involved with the salon banter.”

First Dates

“For one night only, two soap legends from Walford and Weatherfield and three of the nation’s favourite TV shows collide in a very special sketch for BBC Children in Need.

EastEnders’ Janine Butcher (played by Charlie Brooks) is looking for love and turns to Channel 4’s hit dating show First Dates to help with her search. In an unexpected twist, she comes face to face with Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald (played by Simon Gregson).”

Musical Performances

“In true BBC Children in Need style, there’ll be plenty of music performances to get viewers dancing and singing along at home including , Ed Sheeran, Tom Grennan andthe cast of the UK Tour of 9 to 5 The Musical plus our BBC Children in Need 2021 single, a reimagined version of “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac by Niall Horan and Anne-Marie, which you can preorder right now.”


Since its first major Appeal in 1980 BBC Children in Need has raised over £1bn to help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK