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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.

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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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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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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.