The annual fundraiser BBC Children in Need 2014 is set to be broadcasted live on Friday 14th November at 19:30. Some of the biggest names in showbiz are set to perform, attend and support the charity event on Friday which is being presented by Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes.
Children in Need are a UK based charity hosted by the BBC since 1980 and has raised over £740 million to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Many celebrities, big name brands and the public come together in fundraising for the charity. Asda are Children in Need’s main fundraising partner, supporting the charity for 14 years running and to date have raised over £10 million pounds; a testament to both the passion of Asda’s colleagues. As well as being in sponsorship of BBC Children in Need, Asda have their own collection in store and online, encouraging the public to donate what they can; as well as their fantastic range of fundraising activities their stores oraganise each year and sell their very own Children in Need Pudsey themed merchandise exclusive to George at Asda. All the money raised by Asda customers and colleagues for BBC Children in Need goes to the charity and funding projects such as:
- Meningitis Trust
- The National Deaf Children’s Society
- British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC)
A huge number of special guests and musical performances from the biggest acts in the country are set to attend the live event which is held at Albert Square, in the Borough of Walford, London, more commonly known as the official EastEnders set.
The official 2014 Pudsey Bear t-shirt was designed by British designer Giles Deacon which features a floral print. The t-shirt is crafted from cotton with a unisex fit and is available to purchase for £10 with at least £4.83 of the sale being donated to the BBC Children in Need charity. Some of the world’s most photographed models Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Adrianna Lima, Joan Smalls and Natasha Poly were photographed by LOVE magazine’s Kate Grande wearing the t-shirt to spread support and awareness of the newly designed Pudsey.
“I have been a huge supporter of BBC Children in Need for many years now, and was delighted to offer my support this year through the design of their 2014 t-shirt. I hope that everyone likes Pudsy’s new look, and that the public buy the tee, it really will go on to help make a difference to young lives.”
Other BBC Children in Need merchandise is also available such as:
- Pudsey & Plush bear toys & ears
- Tote bags, rucksacks, lunch boxes & baking kits
- Badge pins, key rings & jewellery
- Bandanas & hats
- Stationery & photo frames
- Plasters & bruise soother
- Wristbands & lanyards
- Baby accessories
- Children’s t-shirts
So what to expect from the night? Gareth Malone will be performing on the night with an all star choir including One Direction, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, The Script, Susan Boyle and Boyzone performing the official BBC Children in Need single, a version of Avicci’s ‘Wake Me Up’. One Direction are also said to be performing their brand new track ‘Night Changes’ for the first time on television as well as their current single ‘Steal My Girl’.
The Noughties pop band S Club 7 have confirmed they will make a comeback and reunite together on stage for the first time in over a decade since their split, especially for the BBC fundraiser. They will perform a medley of their greatest hits live on the show, speaking about their soon to be performance S Club 7 said:
“We’re really looking forward to bringing it all back for Pudsey, for BBC Children in Need and for all our fans who have been so great over the years. This is going to be the mega S Club party of all time!”
Television icon, now 86 year old, Sir Bruce Forsyth returns to host one special night of Strictly Come Dancing for the children’s charity. Nice to see you, to see you… back. In what promises to be one of the stand-out moments of this year’s Children in Need, Sir Bruce will team up with four young ballroom champs taking on the Strictly professionals.
The top acts conjured up by Children in Need this year also include old faces including Gillian Taylforth and Michelle Collins return to EastEnders for a special sketch and Doctor Who will be helping out Pudsey on the night.
“BBC Children in Need brings out the best in us. It’s our chance to shine, to step up, to do whatever we can to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. It’s easy to think ‘my little bit won’t help’. The fact is, no contribution is too small, and true heroes know that if enough of us heed the call and work together, we can achieve truly great things. So if you’ve always wanted to be a Hero, now is your time to shine!”
To donate to BBC Children in Need visit: www.bbc.co.uk