Tomorrow night, on the 18th November at 7pm, marks the start of the BBC Children in Need Annual Telethon. It is one of the three biggest British Telethons; the others being Big Red Nose Day and Sports Relief. Children in Need is an annual fundraiser event conducted to help raise funds for charities who focus on helping young, vulnerable and disabled people. Children In Need is currently supporting 2,400 projects and since 1980 has successfully raised over £840 million pounds for disabled children in the United Kingdom.
One of the most iconic and recognisable symbols of Children in Need is the bright yellow, eye patch wearing Pudsey Bear, who is known to be quite the character. Pudsey was first introduced in 1985, when he was a small brown cuddly mascot. He was designed by BBC graphic designer, Joanna Ball, and she named him after the West Yorkshire Town in which she was born in. Pudsey has had several transformations over the years, but has remained the same since 2008.
This year’s Children in Need is both a special and a sad one as we remember long-running and much-loved presenter, Sir Terry Wogan who died earlier this year in January. Celebrities and presenters are using this year’s Children in Need event to commemorate his memory.
We have been lucky enough to work with several charities and on their memorial books and we understand the importance of keeping people’s memories alive. If you would like to raise awareness, increase engagement and funds for your charity or project or simply honour a loved one, contact us to find out how we can create an online book for you.