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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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Thank you Eagles Badminton Club!!

On Friday 5th July, Eagles Badminton club, hosted their annual Prize Presentation Evening. On the night, they had a charity pot to raise money for Banana Crumble’s charity partner the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. They managed to raise £35 by collecting the spare change people had in their pockets.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated. To find out more about the Eagles Badminton Club, please click here.

Eagles Badminton Club is based in the London Borough of Havering offering Badminton sessions from ages 7-107! They are an accredited Badminton club and run sessions at both Emerson Park and Bower Park Academies. Eagles competes in the Barking, Dagenham and Havering Badminton League.

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Banana Chat- meet Ben Knowles

I am Ben Knowles a 29 year old from Kent. I work as a freelance musician, both teaching and performing. I play viola and piano but am more active as a conductor of both symphonic works, opera and musical theatre. For the past two years, I have been participating in large numbers of endurance events (marathons, bike-rides, swims, Ironmans, etc.) to raise awareness and money for Cystic Fibrosis. 

What is your favourite joke?
Too dark to write here!

What makes you smile?
Cats – massive cat-lover. Music (my job and hobby) and making other people happy.

What is your favourite good news story?
When my CF student had her annual review and her lung function had improved.

What inspires you?
Two people I have met with Cystic Fibrosis – one is the reason I got involved in the campaign, a young girl I have taught violin since she was 4, who approaches life with an amazing enthusiasm; the other is a Banana Crumble writer, Natalie Crawford, who has CF and ran the London Marathon in four and a half hours.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
I’d want to see everyone have their health – both physical and mental so they could enjoy their lives without limits.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why? 
Healing touch – it is very tough seeing people, especially ones dear to me, suffer with illness and pain. I’d give anything to take it away from them. 

What is your favourite food? 
Pasta! 

What is your favourite drink? 
Pineapple juice 

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home? 
Books! 

If you could make one law, what would it be and why? 
I’d make it illegal for pharmaceutical companies to overcharge for medications – an independent body would set a price that would be fair to the company but affordable to the health service and proportionate to the prevalence of the illness to the country. I’d make this law so health wasn’t dictated by money. 

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know? 
Very nearly went into psychology instead of music. 

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 
“There are no magical fixes. It’s all up to you. Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy.” 

What cause, project or event would you like to promote? 
Cystic Fibrosis! We desperately need Orkambi, Symkevi and the Triple Combo medications available in the UK on the NHS to save the lives of 10,000 people who suffer this hideous illness. 

Who is your favourite music artist? 
Janine Jansen – concert violinist 

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most? 
Hard to choose between my close family members but probably my Grandad – he got me into music which is now my job and hobby. 

PJ’s or Not? 

Hot or cold? Hot 

Cat or dog? Cat 

Blue or pink? Red!! But blue if I had to choose 

Tea or coffee? Tea 

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half-full 

Pyjamas or not? Not 

Night out or night in? Night in 

Pizza or pasta? Aw can’t it be both? Pizza surrounded by pasta! 

Biscuits or cake? Again, can’t it be both? hehe. Cake layered with biscuits! 

Wine or beer? I don’t drink but I enjoy a non-alcoholic beer

Football or rugby? Football

Cinema or theatre? Theatre

Gym or TV? Gym 

Naughty or nice? Nice (although naughty can be fun in the right setting!) 

Silver or gold? Silver

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Bath 

Starter or pudding? Pudding

Sheets or duvet? Duvet 

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones (only seen bits of it though) 

Finally, apple or banana? Bananas when they’re very ripe! 

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Fantastic Four …. all thanks to Archie!

Four specific charities are benefitting from the birth of the royal baby as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex requested no cards or gifts but for donations to their chosen organisations. These charities only found out that they had been selected when an Instagram post told them and since that date they have been inundated with gifts, donations and other items. Not only by gaining from donations, but by the royals mentioning these charities, has meant that their Instagram followers have gone viral with numbers now following their work that would otherwise never heard of them. The Little Village website actually states that they have had so many donations that they can’t cope at the moment with everything so are just asking for specific items. This goes to show how the endorsement of the Royal family makes such a difference. Two charities are in the UK, one in America and the fourth in South Africa.  These charities are Little Village, The Lunchbox Fund, Well Child and Baby2Baby. Good news is that so many under privileged children will benefit from one baby that will certainly be privileged and what a great way of helping those in certainly less fortunate areas.

Banana Crumble would like to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their birth of baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

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The Virgin London Marathon – more than just a running race….

The Virgin London Marathon is an institution but on so many levels. There are many races happening on the same day. There are people competing for world record times and people competing in their own personal challenges and everything in between.

We have seen and heard so many stories that prove people really are inspirational in so many ways. Our charity of the year is The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and we have followed the amazing stories from two of our Banana Chatters Liam McHugh and Natalie Crawford.

Liam’s daughter has Cystic Fibrosis and Liam has dedicated his life to raising funds for the treatment of CF.

Natalie herself has CF and wants to prove to her son, who also has CF, that he can do anything despite the condition.

Both finished on Sunday with great times and are truly amazing people who have not only inspired others but helped raise such well needed funds for a great cause.

There are just so many inspirational stories, too many to mention but these took our attention: the oldest lady being 84 who finished the marathon in just under six and a half hours. We heard about a lady suffering with mental health issues but using the discipline of training and raising money as an incentive and way of dealing with her health issues. People affected by different conditions all raising funds for so many good causes and charities. Sometimes it takes the thought of helping others or to raise money or just the thought of achieving a personal goal that drives people on. Millions of pounds will have been raised to help so many charities but more than that the satisfaction of achieving something like this will live with people for ever and make memories but more importantly really make a difference to so many people both in terms of treatment, research, help, personal goals, challenges and so much more.

During this year’s marathon the total money raised for charity since the very first London Marathon has beaten the one billion pound mark.

Banana Crumble would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Marathon but would like to say a massive well done to Liam and Natalie – you are both truly inspirational.

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How to raise money and have fun with SNAP..

People are always trying to raise money for charity and there are just so many charities, all really deserving. We all choose the charities that we wish to help and without the volunteers and fundraising many charities would be unable to continue with vital research or support. It is trying to come up with ways of raising money but encouraging people to have fun and enjoy the events that are raising funds for the vital cause.

One such event took place at The Stockbrook Manor, in Billericay, Essex on Friday 15th March where the amazing charity SNAP (Special Needs and Parents) ran their charity ball to celebrate their silver anniversary. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the drinks reception, food and live entertainment on offer. People had worked so hard to get auction items and raffle prizes and to make the event such a great evening. The auction items included a golf cap donated by Justin Rose and even a signed boxing glove from Anthony Joshua. These really were amazing items and with the whole evening the charity was really pleased to have raised over £15,000. This amount of money was testament to the team of volunteers that put on such a great event and to all the team at SNAP for their hard work and dedication. The photo below shows the Ball organising committee.

A great evening was had by all those that attended so another win win – raising money for charity and having a great evening.

SNAP has helped over 5000 families since its launch 25 years ago in 1994. It is an Essex based charity that helps families and young people who have a special need or disability. They are able to offer a helpline and face to face parent support, talks and training courses, an information network, special books and DVDs, counselling, parent and pre school children sessions, after school and holiday sessions plus the all important sibling support session. The great thing about SNAP is that you don’t need a formal diagnosis or professional referral and it is open to anyone in Essex. SNAP values are :

Supporting, Welcoming, Encouraging and Empathetic
Non-judgmental, Understanding, Caring and Compassionate
Always Consistent, Reliable and Dependable
Professional, Knowledgeable, Trustworthy and Respectful

SNAP charity number 1077787

Facebook: @SnapCharity
Twitter: @snapcharity
Instagram: @SNAP_Charity

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Sports people spending flash with their wages?!

Sports people regularly get ridiculed for their enormous wages and the amount of flash items they spend their money on…. so why do the good things they do get such limited coverage?

Tyson Fury made over £7 million from his recent fight with Deontay Wilder…. and do you know what he did with it? Donated it all to charity. When Tyson Fury did his tour of America before his fight, he was shocked by the number of people who were living rough on the streets. He vowed then that with his fight purse, he would help people living homeless in the UK.

Tyson Fury was quoted in one of his recent Q & As – “I did give away my last purse but I don’t do charity work for a pat on the back,” and “I do it to help people but I do not want praise for it, I don’t want to be called a do-gooder.”

Well you may not want recognition for the amazing work you do, but hats off to you the Gypsy King.

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On Valentines Day what do we at Banana Crumble love doing ?

As it is February 14th and that of course means Valentines Day, we thought we would like to put down the things that we love about Banana Crumble….

  • Interviewing the most amazing and inspiring people on a weekly basis
  • Raising money for charity
  • Receiving emails from our winners saying how much the win means to them
  • Researching all the Good News Stories
  • Working with our family and friends to make a difference.
  • Making people smile
  • Spreading Good News
  • Holding charity events to raise money
  • Meeting the people that our money we have raised makes a difference to
  • Hearing from the CF Trust what our £5000 donation was able to provide
  • Seeing otherwise sensible people pose with a Banana Smile
  • Make the world a happier place
  • Prove that life isn’t doom and gloom.

And finally…. Prove Banana Crumble isn’t too good to be true!!!!

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Radio stations unite and “Make some noise!!”

October is the month for Global’s radio brands Heart, Capital, Capital XTRA, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Radio X and Gold to hold their annual appeal day. They called it Global’s Make Some Noise and they raised money for small charities that help disadvantaged children and young people along with their families. All of the radio stations held events and ran competitions encouraging people to donate to their cause. They try and give the small charities a platform enabling them to tell their stories.

I spend a lot of time in the car driving to and from work and I have the radio on all the time. This week I have heard stories about so many people from the charities that are being supported and it is really good to know that so many people are being helped.

I think the thing that has resonated with me and Banana Crumble is just how many people are doing good things to help others, in a world where bad things seem to make the news it is always good to find a story that gives you that feel good feeling.

Last year they raised well over three million pounds and they were hoping to go one better this year. The 2018 total currently stands at nearly £4.2 million.

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Good news happens everywhere and where you least expect it.

A family day out in the Lake District and what we thought would be a quiet walk up to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston. Driving to our start point we spotted signs for The Coniston Challenge but had no idea what or where it was and what was involved. As we made our way up we were joined by groups of people with numbers. Curiosity got to me and I asked. The challenge was indeed a challenge, cycling 12km through Grizedale Forest, hiking 10km up the Old Man of Coniston and finishing with a 1km kayak along the lake. The challenge was raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The first group we spoke to had named themselves “Gone Cuckoo”. They had driven up from Sussex and said they thought it was a great charity and were looking forward to completing the challenge.

The next group we spoke to had practiced the course two weeks earlier to ensure they could complete the challenge. We met groups of friends, families, a group from university and also from a rowing club. Many were saying they wanted a challenge and to do one for such a great cause was such a bonus. Marshals were all members of the local Mountain Rescue. As the weather worsened and rain started the walk got more slippery. As people walked past you could hear different groups, some chatting about the cycling others about the horrendous traffic and pitching a tent in the rain on arrival. Despite any problems encountered they were all in really good spirits and determined to finish.

Prizes were awarded for the first team to finish, the youngest team, the oldest team and the team which raised the most money. Each team has to raise £350 and they were hoping to raise over £10,000 from the fantastic event.

It was really great to watch as an outsider, to hear the camaraderie amongst the teams with people working together to overcome the challenges in front of them, encouraging other teams around them. Everyone was pleased to talk about why they were doing it and the good cause they were hoping to raise money for.

We found just doing the walk challenging enough so have every admiration for all the teams that had to complete the bike ride and kayak as well! Well done to all for your fantastic achievement.

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