Friday 13th November
Friday 13th November 2020
Good evening everyone,
Today we took part in the BBC Children in Need school’s appeal day. The purpose of this day is that by working together we can make a difference and change young lives. You can join in at home by watching the appeal show tonight which starts on BBC at 7 p.m.
The BBC's first ever broadcast appeal for children was a five-minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day in 1927. The response was phenomenal and it raised £1,143 18s 3d which was split between 4 prominent children's charities.
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.
In 1980 the appeal was broadcast on BBC One in a new telethon format, it captured the public's imagination to such an extent that the donations increased dramatically and broke the million mark for the very first time.
Pudsey Bear made his television debut in 1985, he was designed by Joanna Ball, a BBC graphics designer, who named him after the West Yorkshire town where she was born. He proved very popular and returned as BBC Children in Need's official logo the following year with his design amended to that of a yellow bear with a red spotted bandage.
In the two decades which have followed, Pudsey has received letters, drawings and e-mails from youngsters all over the UK and been photographed with more celebrities than he can remember.
The appeal today
At Children’s House we have always supported this appeal, today the children looked fantastic dressed in yellow and all the staff joined in too. We all had a fun day, classrooms were decorated in yellow and each session started with all the children joining in with the Jo Wicks 24 hour PE challenge.
Jo worked out for 24 hours straight and has so far raised over a million pounds for Children in Need. After the work out children had a choice of fun activities. Indoors there was mask making, spotty yellow playdough, jewellery making, and biscuit and cake decorating. Outdoors children set up Pudsey Bear’s Café, where they could eat teddy shaped sandwiches and drink hot chocolate,
Each session finished with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The children really enjoyed their special day and every penny of the money we raised will go towards projects helping children in need.
Tomorrow is the start of Diwali and we wish everyone celebrating a lovely day.
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for all your support.
You can find out more about BBC Children in Need by clicking on the link below.