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Celebrating all that sport has to offer

Over the past few years we often feature sport in our Good News section and all of the positive aspects that can be gained from taking part. There are so many sports and for us one of the year’s highlights, helping to celebrate all that sport has to offer, is the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year or SPOTY as it is affectionately known.

Over the course of the evening there are so many different sports featured  by people literally at the top of their game. Our highlight of the evening was the Helen Rollason Award winner Doddie Weir. Doddie is a Scottish Rugby Union legend who was in 2016 diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. There is no cure for MND and Doddie has campaigned tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for the illness.

He launched his charity My name’5 Doddie Foundation and has raised almost five million pounds. The aim of his charity is to help with research and to make the lives of those living with MND easier. Doddie spoke and to hear his words was really moving, the courage of someone to speak so openly and yet so humbly was definitely a special moment.

For such incredible sportsman being nominated to be the Sports Person of the Year must be the icing on the cake for what was a truly amazing year for sport. This year the title went to Ben Stokes who probably gave us all goosebumps during the remarkable cricket World Cup. Even the highlights made us smile and remember those winning moments that cricket and non cricket fans enjoyed together. 2019 has been a fantastic year with so many world records, world titles and other achievements that 2020 will have a tough act to follow. Although, with an Olympic Year, the European Football Finals, Lewis Hamilton attempting to equal the legendary Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles to name but a few we will certainly have a good year of sport to look forward to.

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Such a simple act

Christmas is such a magical time of year and one that so many people look forward to. It isn’t the same for everyone as many people have no home, no family and no one to share Christmas with.

One such man was featured on the BBC news this week. He was 78 year old pensioner Terence who came from Oldham in Lancashire. Terence had taken part in an interview on the BBC previously saying that he had spent 20 Christmases on his own, since losing his mother. He said that when you are on your own you don’t get presents and it can be really lonely. He also said that he hadn’t got a Christmas tree. Dan Walker, who had conducted the interview, promised he would help and literally made Terence cry. Dan turned up at Terence’s house with a group from Oldham College. With them they bought a tree for Terence. He was clearly moved and so were the thousands of people watching at home . The College group also sang Terence’s favourite carol, Silent Night. To see the footage click here.

Terence won’t be spending Christmas on his own this year as in his work with charity Age UK he will be spending the day with a good friend. The feature is a real tear jerker but more than that it makes you realise that such a simple act of singing a carol, providing a small tree gave huge amounts of pleasure. Who will remember that most, Terence or the students that carried out the good deed? A small act of kindness at this time of year really can literally mean so much. I am sure that this will be something that Dan Walker will also remember for a long while.

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Pudsey – a reminder of how he came about …..

Last night saw the BBC’s Children in Need fund raising extravaganza with the whole of the BBC’s television schedule being given over to raising money for children’s charities.

Stars from Strictly, Star Wars, Doctor Who and EastEnders all helped raise funds. The five-hour telethon also featured England football players, a celebrity edition of music quiz The Hit List and songs by Louis Tomlinson, Westlife, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.

Gorka Marquez, Louisa Lytton, Maisie Smith, Kevin Clifton, Ricky Champ, Luba Mushtuk, Rudolph Walker, Nancy Xu

Children In Need supports 3,000 local charities and projects and last year £50.6m was raised on the appeal night.

Pudsey Bear is the iconic mascot of the charity and people recognise him wherever they go, but do we know the real story about Pudsey ?

The BBC’s first broadcast appeal took place on Christmas Day in 1927. This raised £1143, 18 shillings and 3 pence. The first televised appeal took place in 1955 and was called The Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal and this was presented by Harry Corbett and Sooty. These Christmas appeals continued right up until 1979. In 1980 a new telethon format was designed and this was hosted by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen.

In 1985 Joanna Lane was working in the BBC’s design department. She was asked to revamp the Children in Need logo. The idea of a teddy bear was decided upon but initially it was only a 2D logo that featured a sad face and buttons.

The creator thought a teddy bear was a perfect logo as it would relate to young children. Once the logo was designed it was decided that it really should have a name. The decision of naming the bear was left to Joanne and she chose Pudsey – her home town and in honour of her grandparents. Over the years Pudsey has developed into the lovable bear that we all know and love and one that plays a major role in raising much needed funds for all the children’s charities.

Pudsey is recognised everywhere and during the fund raising evening features prominently. Now you can buy lots of different merchandise featuring Pudsey and all the proceeds from these sales goes towards the total raised.

Banana Crumble congratulates Children In Need on its continued amazing fund raising successes.

If you wish to donate please visit BBC Children In Need

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A Right Royal Chat …

This week has been mental health week and there has been so much publicity about talking and listening!! On the radio they did a listening test: not sure how it will work in print but just try and see what happens!! Ask someone to say the answer out loud: How do you spell shop? Then immediately ask someone what they would do at a green traffic light? Try it!! The majority say stop so it does show we think we are listening when actually we are not always taking everything in and not really listening.

Good causes benefit from having celebrity endorsements and in particular from the Royals. I have seen trailers for a BBC documentary about men in a football scenario (including tv presenters, England footballers, managers and others) talking about mental health and how refreshing it is to see that they are all actually listening to each other. All too often there is banter around this type of conversation so good on the BBC for highlighting the fact people and men in particular need to talk and if they do talk they need to be listened to. If people were confident others would listen and not judge,  then so many people would be helped!!

Definitely one to watch on the BBC “A Royal Team Talk!” It will be shown tomorrow (Sunday 19th May) at 22.30.

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Good News does come to those who wait…….

Until relatively recently hardly anyone would have heard of Tony Foulds from Sheffield and yet yesterday on BBC Breakfast if his name was mentioned he got a cheer from thousands of people at Endcliffe Park.

Tony, when as a  8 years old,  was playing in the park, he saw an American bomber plane struggling with just one engine. He remembers seeing someone on the plane wave to him. As a child he thought they were being friendly and just waving. As an adult he realised they were telling the children to move away as the plane prepared for a crash landing. The plane crashed avoiding houses and the children playing but all 10 crewmen were killed. Stories of heroics from the war are always moving but this one turned into a story that almost brought the nation to tears.

Tony, now 82, has tended to a memorial for the 10 crewman who were lost, almost every day since he has been an adult. If he goes on holiday then he ensures that his son goes to the memorial.  A few months ago, a chance meeting at the Memorial between Tony Foulds and BBC’s Dan Walker led to the pair starting to talk. Dan Walker was so moved by the story that he said to Tony he would try and help get a fly past for the 75th anniversary of the event which was Friday 22nd February 2019. Tony talks to the crew through the memorial and has now said he considers them part of his family and has said that when he passes away he would like his ashes to be put at the memorial so he can be with his friends.

We watched the first interview with Tony and have followed the story with interest and yet we, as many, were moved to tears by watching the reaction of Tony as his dream of a fly past came true. The story started with a chance meeting and yet went viral and ended up with families of the American crewmen attending the event along with dignitaries and thousands of people.

Ten planes took part in the flypast and each plane had the name of one of the crewmen on. One of the great nieces of an original crewman watched in tears and she said the flypast which depicted the missing plane was an experience she would always remember.

This story covers so many positive things: the actions of heroes both the crew and of the tireless work Tony has done with keeping the memorial going and telling the story. It also shows how such a story can unite people together and with this so many things can be achieved.

Dan Walker was unable to be at the event as he was in Tanzania preparing for his Coming Relief Challenge. I wonder what the reunion will be like between Tony and Dan when he returns. I know more tears will be shed!!!

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Children in Need – 38 years and £1 billion later

Amazingly, Children In Need was  first broadcast in 1980 with the much-missed Sir Terry Wogan at the helm.

Last Friday we saw the 2018 version of the charity fundraiser event that had earned more than £972m since that first broadcast. Donations on the night of over £50m were the largest ever raised and helped ensure that the show easily topped the £1billion mark raised since that inaugural show.

One high-light was the stars of Eastenders taking on some of the most beloved classics from the Disney songbook Also, fans of Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who, and Call the Midwife all enjoyed special slots. All stars gave their services for free in order to help raise the money for such a worthy cause.

Banana Crumble salute them all and hope that people continue giving to the cause here

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Dynasties – another adventure into the unknown with Attenborough

The national Treasure that is Sir David Attenborough launched his new show on the 11th November. Episode 2 aired last night on BBC 1. In the series he narrates footage about some of the world’s most endangered species.

Last week’s programme focused on Chimpanzees in Senegal, with the alpha male battling against adversity.

This week it was the turn of the Emperor Penguins in Antartica, with the sight of literally thousands of newborns huddling together to keep warm in a truly magical scene.

These first two episodes turned out to be as amazing as all of his previous work, showing how talented people can be in the most remote places. To film each of the different episodes it took hundreds of days filming (for episode 1 alone it took 309 days) as well as working in difficult locations, such as living on an Antarctic ice shelf whilst filming the penguins. 

If you haven’t watched it yet, then we highly recommend watching it on Catch Up. Episodes are on BBC 1 on Sunday evening at 8:30pm.

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Good News about the BBC’s Children In Need Charity

Back In November 2017 we ran a feature about the Children In Need Charity and how Pudsey Bear evolved. A few weeks ago we received an update from them saying how much they made on the actual evening. We thought it would be great for you all to see how much was raised that day.

A really worthwhile charity that has helped so many people over the years.

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Our Chief Banana gets to spread Good News on the BBC

On Sunday June 17th our Chief Banana was invited to BBC to review the newspapers on the BBC Essex Sunday morning radio programme with Peter Holmes.

Matt was asked to choose three items of news from the Sunday papers. Why not have a listen as he talks about Banana Crumble and see which news items he selects and why he choose them!! He did manage to find three  positive pieces of news!!

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This is Pudsey but not as we know him!

We all know that it is the BBC’s Children in Need climax on Friday 17th November. The Friday where the whole of the BBC’s television schedule is given over to raising money for children’s charities.

Pudsey Bear is the iconic mascot of the charity and people recognise him wherever they go, but do we know the real story about Pudsey ?

The BBC’s first broadcast appeal took place on Christmas Day in 1927. This raised £1143, 18 shillings and 3 pence. The first televised appeal took place in 1955 and was called The Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal and this was presented by Harry Corbett and Sooty. These Christmas appeals continued right up until 1979. In 1980 a new telethon format was designed and this was hosted by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen.

In 1985 Joanna Lane was working in the BBC’s design department. She was asked to revamp the Children in Need logo. The idea of a teddy bear was decided upon but initially it was only a 2D logo that featured a sad face and buttons.

The creator thought a teddy bear was a perfect logo as it would relate to young children. Once the logo was designed it was decided that it really should have a name. The decision of naming the bear was left to Joanne and she chose Pudsey – her home town and in honour of her grandparents. Over the years Pudsey has developed into the lovable bear that we all know and love and one that plays a major role in raising much needed funds for all the children’s charities.

Pudsey is recognised everywhere and during the fund raising evening features prominently. Now you can buy lots of different merchandise featuring Pudsey and all the proceeds from these sales goes towards the total raised.

Banana Crumble wishes Children In Need every success with its fund raising evening.