Do Your Thing For Children In Need!

Do Your Thing For Children In Need!

By Stacy Fitzpatrick

It’s that time of year again for the BBC Children In Need appeal, the annual fundraising evening of entertainment, inspirational stories and fun.

Now in it’s 36th year, the charity aim to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. They realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

Every years appeal sees thousands of members of the public and celebrities alike take part in innovative events to raise money for the charity, with appeal climaxing on November 18th bringing together the goodwill of the UK.

This year is no different and BBC Northern Ireland will be revealing heartwarming stories of local people and children in Northern Ireland who have benefited from the charity’s funds, showing us how we can all help those who need it.

This year, BBC Northern Ireland presenters Jo Scott and Barra Best and Pudsey Bear met up with little Hannah Rose from Belfast at the launch of this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal in the BBC’s Broadcasting House. This year’s appeal is on Friday 18 November and throughout this week BBC Northern Ireland will be finding out how projects across NI have benefitted from funding from BBC Children in Need and how people are fundraising for this year’s Appeal. To sign up to do your thing go to


We all have something we’re good at, or something we’ve always fancied doing. Whatever your ‘thing’ is, why not give it a go by turning it into a fantastic fundraiser that will help change children’s lives throughout Northern Ireland?

That’s the message from this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal which takes places on Friday 18 November.

Launching this year’s appeal locally were TV presenters Barra Best and Jo Scott with Pudsey Bear. The pair will be fronting this year’s TV appeal for BBC Northern Ireland.

Throughout this week leading up to the big night BBC Radio Ulster will be looking at local projects which have benefitted from funding from the Appeal, as well as chatting with fundraisers across NI, culminating in the now annual ‘Hugo-thon’ hosted by Hugo Duncan live on a specially extended edition of his popular programme on Friday 18 November from 1.30-5pm.

The on-air auction, now in its 11th year, will offer a wide range of items all up for grabs to the highest bidder.

Among the ‘items’ to go under the hammer will be the chance to bid for the opportunity to meet the cast of Give My Head Peace and enjoy their show at the Grand Opera House in Belfast in the comfort of one of the theatre’s boxes; there’s also a meal for up to six people in the company of Hugo Duncan, who in addition to this will be offering listeners the chance to co-present on his show. For motor biking fans there’s an Ulster Grand Prix package and BBC Radio Ulster’s Walter Love is offering one of his own paintings. And if football’s your thing then there’s a signed football from the Linfield FC team of ’81 as well as a variety of concert tickets.

There will also be the chance to bid for hotel breaks and lots more besides.

Hugo said: “I look forward every year to the month of November and the BBC Children in Need Appeal. It is a very special fundraiser and has been close to my heart for many years. The team is in place and it’s all systems go to ‘do our thing’ through the 2016 Hugo-thon. We are so grateful for the continued generosity of all our donors and our listeners – at home and out on the roads – who each year pledge for our auction items and instant sales.”

Later on in the day, fellow presenters Barra Best and Jo Scott will be live from Titanic Belfast for this year’s television programme on BBC One Northern Ireland.

Barra Best said: “I am absolutely delighted to be part of this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal again as it’s a charity dear to my heart. I know some of the projects and schemes that benefit from BBC Children in Need and I am in no doubt that many would struggle without this vital funding.  Here’s hoping we break records this year and everyone gets out there to ‘do their thing; for the Appeal.”

Jo Scott said: “It’s such a privilege to be presenting BBC Northern Ireland’s contribution to BBC Children in Need again this year with the fabulous Barra Best. I never cease to be amazed and humbled by the way people really embrace it with such enthusiasm and a real sense of fun. I’m in awe of everyone who supports such life changing work and I’m over the moon to be involved.”

Greg James and Tess Daly will open the TV show on BBC One NI from London at 7.30pm with some of the biggest names in music, comedy and entertainment, who all come together to help raise money for the UK’s most disadvantaged children.

One of the highlights of the night will see 178 children from Northern Ireland joining thousands of others from across the UK to form a choir taking part in a nationwide live performance of ‘Lean on Me’.


Viewers across Northern Ireland will hear stories from local children and young people who have been supported by the BBC Children in Need charity here and will see the fun and unusual ways in which people have been raising money to make a difference this year.

Then on Saturday, November 19, Barra, Jo and Pudsey will be back for a special 70-minute programme on BBC One Northern Ireland from 5.45pm meeting some of the many people who fundraise for the charity in Northern Ireland, and looking at several BBC Children in Need supported projects that have helped make a difference to the lives of local young people and their families.

Saturday’s programme will also take an extended look back at how the pupils from across Northern Ireland who took part in the nationwide performance of ‘Lean on Me’ prepared for their TV appearance and will feature performances from award-winning Irish pop tenor Eamonn McCrystal and Chloe Agnew, Irish singer/songwriter and original former member of Celtic Women. Last but not least there will be an opportunity to catch some of the highlights from Friday night’s extravaganza.

BBC Children in Need spends the money raised by the Appeal to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, right here in Northern Ireland and all across the UK. BBC Children in Need currently funds 197 projects to the value of over £8 million, in every county across Northern Ireland. Supporting BBC Children in Need this year would help fund even more projects, such as Harmony Community Trust in Kilclief, County Down. With a grant of £84,714 over three years, this project offers residential breaks and a summer arts programme to disadvantaged children from all over Northern Ireland, developing confidence and building friendships.

Paddy Sloan, National Head of BBC Children in Need in Northern Ireland says: “Whatever you do, whether its bake sale or fancy dress day at work or a ramble with friends, it will help BBC Children in Need give children and young people right here in Northern Ireland the childhood they deserve.”

And to help you along, Barra Best and Pudsey share their top ten fundraising tips here!:

The official fundraising pack is available for download now from and is packed with ideas to help the public with their fundraising efforts, plus lots of exclusive content from the Charity’s celebrity friends. To date our supporters have raised over £840 million for children and young people across the UK and the Charity is calling on people to once again pull out the stops and to help raise money to change young lives!

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