How to donate to Children in Need 2021: Pudsey Day donation explained and how much money appeal has raised
Children in Need is one of the most popular charity events in the UK, and many people around the nation join in.
The BBC event has raised millions for good causes across the country every year since its inception in 1980.
So how can you donate to help the many good causes Children in Need supports? Here’s everything you need to know.
How can I donate to Children in Need?
Children in Need has been going for more than 40 years, and it is a moment when the whole country comes together to do something good.
Since its first major appeal four decades ago Children in Need has raised over £1bn to help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.
BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 3000 local charities and projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.
In the last grant year alone, donations helped change the lives of over 600,000 disadvantaged children and young people, right here in the UK.
If you would like to donate, you can do so online here.
You can also donate via text. The BBC says: “You can donate to BBC Children in Need by texting the relevant key word below to the relevant number (the “short code”).
“Each text message you send will result in a donation to BBC Children in Need of the amount stated in the relevant circle for that short code. For example, by texting “DONATE” to “70420”, you will donate ‘£20’.”
The code numbers are all available here.
There will also be more information on your screen if you watch the appeals show on Friday.
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How can I take part otherwise?
Of course, not everyone just wants to donate, so here’s some other ways in which you can take part.
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. A sponsored cycle is one of the best ways to raise money, while keeping fit to boot.
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.
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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.
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.
Can I purchase the charity single?
Yes, and you can pre-order it right now. 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.
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.”
When is the appeal show?
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.
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.”
Since its first major appeal four decades ago Children in Need has raised over £1bn to help young people around the UK