Pudsey has been back on our screens lately – culminating with tonight’s BBC Children in Need telethon
Every year in November, a schedule of special programming takes place as a charitable appeal, asking Brits to donate their hard-earned cash – in order to try and change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
The annual TV event was launched by the BBC in 1980, and has raised over £1 billion since. And each year, it generally seems we give more and more for the cause.
As we all know, last year was tough for everyone. But generous donators and fundraisers across the UK still played their part.
So, just how much was raised last year? And how can you donate for 2021?
How much did Children In Need raise in 2020?
Loads of money was raised for Children in Need last year, despite the pandemic’s challenges.
All Children in Need fundraising in 2020 (including the TV telethon and individual fundraising events) reached a total of £57 million.
£37 million (or £37,032,789, to be exact) was donated by the public during the telethon.
If you consider how many in the UK faced financial hardship during lockdown, that’s a wildly impressive sum.
Pre-pandemic, Children in Need 2019’s telethon alone raised slightly more than 2020’s: just shy of £48 million. It’s not entirely clear what the overall total was.
The biggest telethon totals were raised in 2017 and 2018. In both years, more than £50 million was raised on the night, with £60 million and £58 million raised overall respectively.
How to donate to Children In Need 2021
If you want to donate some cash to Children in Need, there are loads of ways to go about it.
Donations are easily made online at the Children in Need Donate website here.
To give via the telephone, call 0345 7 33 22 33 in England, or 0345 607 0011 in Wales.
You can donate by post, too. Mail cheques (not cash) to BBC Children in Need Appeal, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB.
Or submit any money raised in person via a special Children in Need Appeal slip at your bank branch, at the post office or via NatWest, Ulster Bank and RBS cash machines.
By text, message 70701 and type out the exact amount you’d like to donate in capitals.
For example, to donate £5, text FIVE to 70701. To donate £20, text TWENTY to the same number.
If you’d rather, text ‘DONATE’ to 704 – adding the last two numbers based on how much you’d like to give.
Simply texting the word ‘DONATE’ or ‘GIVE’ to 70420 will put through a donation of £20. If you sent the same message to 70430, the donation will register as £30.
You can do the same with £5 (by texting 70405) or £10 (by texting 70410).
Purchasing wearable Pudsey ears from the official Children in Need shop will help support the cause – as 46% of the profits will benefit the appeal.
Finally, you can also donate loose change via Coinstar machines from November 3 to December 15.
They’re usually found in supermarkets, so it shouldn’t be too tricky to find your nearest machine.
For all the information (and T&Cs) you need about donating, head here.
Children In Need airs tonight from 7pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.