BBC Children in Need asks you to ‘Do Your Thing!’

BBC Children in Need asks you to ‘Do Your Thing!’

BBC Children in Need has launched its fundraising campaign, and is asking people across the UK to channel their passions, hobbies or dreams to do their thing and help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

A galaxy of famous faces have come together to support the fundraising campaign, including Matt Baker, Alex Jones, Anita Rani, Judy Murray, Ore Oduba, Alfie Deyes, Zoella and Sara Cox.

The celebrities are asking the nation to ‘Do Your Thing’ and fundraise for BBC Children in Need. From fancy dress to fun runs, facing a fear or taking on a once in a lifetime challenge, holding a bake sale or completing a sponsored silence, everyone can turn the thing they most fancy doing into an amazing fundraiser.

Matt Baker is urging everyone to get involved with Do Your Thing. He says: “BBC Children in Need is back! This year we want everyone to get involved, Do Your Thing and get fundraising. So come on everyone, why not take on a new challenge, scale unfamiliar heights or have a wander in the wilderness? Or you can do your own thing and host a bake sale or fancy-dress party. Whatever you do, your support can help change the lives of thousands of youngsters right here in the UK.”

Alex Jones is encouraging the nation to pull out their trainers and put on their sweatbands to get active for Do Your Thing. She says: “This year, I want to see the people of the UK get out there and Do Your Thing for BBC Children in Need! You can dust off your trainers and trampettes to do your fitness thing, or get your friends together and break the world record for the longest dance-a-thon. All you need is a little imagination and you can make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.”

To date the Great British public has raised £848 million for children and young people across the UK and the Charity is calling on people to once again pull out the stops and help raise money to change young lives.

“All you need is a little imagination and you can make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.”

Backing the classic British tea party, Peter Andre is calling on fundraisers all across the UK to do their thing by having coffee and cake with friends. He comments: “I can’t wait to see the nation do their thing for BBC Children in Need. So stick on your apron, do some baking and get together with your buddies for coffee and cake! Together we can raise stacks of cash and help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.”

The Do Your Thing fundraising campaign encourages everyone to get involved and fundraise for BBC Children in Need. The public can turn their thing, whether that’s a passion, hobby or fear, into an amazing fundraiser for the Charity.

Jonathan Rigby, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at BBC Children in Need, says: “This year we’re calling on you to fundraise by doing your thing, to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK. By doing anything, whether that’s something you love or something you’ve always wanted to do, you can raise money and make a difference. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to do a skydive or a bungee jump, or maybe you’re great at telling jokes or playing sport, find your thing and turn it into an amazing idea to raise money for BBC Children in Need!”

The official fundraising pack is available for download now from bbc.co.uk/pudsey and is bursting with ideas to inspire Do Your Thing and kick-start the public with their fundraising efforts, plus lots of exclusive content from the Charity’s celebrity friends.

The BBC Children in Need 2016 Appeal show is on BBC One on Friday 18th November 2016.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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