Every year my folks reach for the tissues and their wallets to watch the live show of Children in Need on the BBC. It’s a UK charity telethon helping to raise money for children and young people in the UK who are going through a tough time. My mummy has been watching it since she was a child and has helped contribute to the fundraising efforts through activities and donations.
It’s been a big part of her life growing up. Every time she sees the logo of Pudsey Bear it gives her mixed feelings of sadness that children still need help but hope that we’re striving to help them as a nation. It makes her very proud of the UK that so many people come forward to help raise money for this great charity.
Here’s some little facts about Children in Need…
1) The BBC’s first broadcast appeal for children took place in 1927, in the form of a five-minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day.
2) The first televised appeal was the 1955 ‘Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal’, presented by Sooty and Harry Corbett. The Christmas Day Appeals continued on TV and radio right up until 1979, raising a total of £625,836.
3) In 1978 and 1979, Terry Wogan began to feature in the appeals. He was the best!
4) Pudsey Bear made his television debut in 1985 when Terry introduced the new, brown cuddly mascot to the audience. My mummy was 5 when this happened and remembers Pudsey from her childhood.
5) Pudsey Bear instantly transformed the Children in Need brand. He was created by BBC designer Joanna Ball, and took his name from her home town in Yorkshire.
6) The ‘P’ sound is one of the most easiest to pronounce for those with speech impediments and the spelling of ‘Pudsey’ flows easily for those coping with learning difficulties, have dyslexia, or simply young children being taught to read.
7) Pudsey Bear proved very popular and returned as BBC Children in Need’s official logo in 1986 with his design amended to that of a yellow bear with a red-spotted bandage. The BBC treasures two Pudsey bears in particular: the original, and a more recent example, signed by George Bush and Tony Blair.
8) Apart from a party hat worn in 2004 to celebrate the telethon’s silver jubilee, Pudsey has remained very much the same. Losing a couple of buttons along the way. In 2007 a revamp gave Pudsey a fresh new look and brighter colours in time for the 28th annual BBC Children in Need Appeal.
9) Pudsey was joined by his soul mate, a brown bear called Blush in 2009 and they have been together ever since. They have received letters, drawings and e-mails from youngsters all over the UK and been photographed with loads of celebrities.
Love Bella x