Children in Need telethon returns this week

The annual BBC Children in Need appeal hits our screens on Friday night – with fundraising this year hoping to eclipse 2016’s record-breaking total of £60 million.


Since the appeal show’s inception in November 1980, Children in Need has raised over £900m to support projects all over the UK which help disadvantaged children and young people.


On the night of last year’s appeal show, the total raised was £46.6m but increased by nearly £15m in subsequent months as donations continued to roll in.

Children in Need’s Mascot, Pudsey Bear. Source: Google

This Friday’s telethon, which airs from 7.30 pm on BBC One, will feature a vast number of appearances from famous faces, including the charity’s mascot Pudsey Bear, as well as a preview of the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Tess Daly and Graham Norton will head up the presenting field while Katie Melua’s Fields of Gold is the official charity single for 2017.


Children in Need has successfully beaten previous year’s totals many times in its history. In 2011, the final total of £46m was a huge £10m increase on 2010 and remains the biggest jump from year to year.


It remains to be seen if 2016’s record total will be beat as the final amount has fluctuated over the years – however the lowest a total has ever decreased by was just £4m.


Edinburgh always plays a part in fundraising for Children in Need and efforts this year are already underway.


Go Outdoors, the UK’s biggest outdoor clothing store, were raising money last weekend by attempting to cycle 165 miles from their Edinburgh to Inverness branches.


Last week, Scottish singer Nina Nesbitt helped out pupils at Edinburgh’s Broughton High School with their “Big Spotacular” campaign event by taking part in fun challenges and performing. The campaign is run across thousands of schools in the UK to raise money for Children in Need. Last year it raised almost £6m.


This Thursday night, the BBC’s One Show Rickshaw Challenge will arrive at Edinburgh Castle in time for their 7pm broadcast. A group of young people from all different backgrounds who have been funded by Children in Need projects are cycling across the country to raise money. Crowds are encouraged to attend as they continue their fundraising journey.


If you would like to take part in fundraising for Children in Need, you can do so by donating online or visiting to download a fundraising kit.

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