Support Children In Need 2008

Posted on: 14 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

This year, with your help, the charity appeal hopes to raise over half a billion pounds for the UK's disadvantaged youngsters.

The BBC Children in Need Appeal launched in September and culminates with a star-studded BBC One show on Friday 14th November 2008.

The aim of the appeal is to raise much needed funds to help disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. For every penny donated, a penny will go towards projects helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Since the BBC Children in Need Appeal started in 1980, £480 million has been raised to make a real and tangible difference to the lives of disadvantaged youngsters. Last year, the British public helped Pudsey raise a record-breaking £37 million! This money is significantly enhancing the lives of thousands of disadvantaged youngsters across the UK.

Despite this amazing total there are still thousands more children in this country living with a disability, neglect, abuse or in abject poverty who need help. In the current circumstances there will be even more families falling into disadvantage and every donation, no matter how small, really does make a huge difference.

Ways To Support BBC Children in Need

"Do Something Different" to raise money for BBC Children in Need

It doesn't have to be anything difficult or expensive and there are lots of fun, silly and unique ideas in the 2008 Fundraising Pack.

The ecologically friendly pack includes stickers, a sponsorship form, advice and information. Download a pack from or call 0345 607 3333 and the charity will post one. Calls to 03 numbers are charged at UK geographic rates – as for 01 and 02 numbers. Mobile and other providers' costs may vary.

Go online for more ways to get involved with the BBC Children in Need Appeal and for fun activities including baking recipes, children-approved Pudsey games, Pudsey tapestry and lesson plans.

From dressing up, to dressing down, to baking, running an event such as a disco or fancy dress party, to organising a sponsored walk, BBC Children in Need wants to hear about people Doing Something Different. There's an event form on the "Let Us Know" section of the fundraising page on

Bid for a piece of TV or celebrity memorabilia in the BBC Children in Need ebay Auction

The BBC Children in Need auction goes live on Monday 10th November and will run until Wednesday 19th November at

Each year, the auction is packed full of TV and celebrity memorabilia. It is hoped to make this year's auction the biggest and best yet.

So far, some of the exciting goodies you can get your hands on include Pudsey Bears signed by Jerry Springer and Terry Wogan, a Liverpool Football Club shirt signed by the entire Premier League team, Ainsley Harriett's apron signed by the man himself and the perfume created by the finalists from The Apprentice 2008.

Bid on the BBC Radio 2 annual "Money Can't Buy" Auction in aid of BBC Children in Need

Sir Terry Wogan will once again host an auction of "money can't buy" experiences and items, in aid of BBC Children in Need.

The auction kicks off on Monday 10th November and will run over four days. More information on the auction items will be available on

Top up your pay-as-you-go mobile phone via an ATM and 5p will go directly to BBC Children in Need

During November 2008 leading banks and mobile phone companies across the country will partner with payment specialist VocaLinkto raise money for BBC Children in Need. Five pence is donated every time you top up your pay-as-you-go mobile phone via your nearest ATM.

There are almost 50,000 ATMs across the country and so there is always one close by, and of course the more times you top up the more money goes to the appeal.

It's an easy way to support BBC Children in Need if you are a pre-pay mobile phone user.


Qdos Entertainment holds the accolade of being the largest producer of pantomimes in the world. The company's 2008/09 pantomime season will see 21 productions staged throughout the UK.

You will be able to donate money to BBC Children in Need through a pantomime near you – just look out for collections at selected performances near you in December.

Join Pudsey Bear in modelling his new look spotty bandana

Show your support for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK by wearing Pudsey's new spotty Bandana.

In keeping with the Do Something Different style, Children in Need is encouraging everyone to wear the bandana their way and in their own individual style.

You can buy your Pudsey bandana for just £2 from any Asda or Boots or via At least 80p from every bandana sold goes to BBC Children in Need.

How To Donate

You can call 0345 733 2233. Calls to 03 numbers are charged at UK geographic rates – as for 01 and 02 numbers. Mobile and other providers' costs may vary.

You can donate online at

Most banks and building societies will accept a donation for a month or two after the appeal. HSBC will accept money all year round.

Or you can pay in money at the Post Office through FREEPAY 1066.

If you have loose coins you can pay them in using your nearest Coinstar machine during the months of November or December. To find your nearest machine call 0800 3282274 or go to

You can donate instantly using PayPal. Visit for more information.

Please do not send cash by post. Send a cheque, postal order or CAF voucher to: BBC Children in Need Appeal, PO Box 1000, London W12 7WJ.

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