How BBC Children in Need helped Lancaster and Morecambe’s good causes

Presenter Anita Rani with Pudsey Bear.
Presenter Anita Rani with Pudsey Bear.

More than two and a half million pounds has been handed out to organisations across Lancashire as part of BBC Children in Need – including many in our district.

As the nation prepares to watch the annual Children in Need appeal show on BBC1 tonight, local groups are celebrating a windfall from the £37.1m raised nationally last year.

Those receiving money include:

Unique Kidz & co, Lancaster - £71,162 - This project will deliver after school and holiday clubs for disabled children and young people in Lancaster.

CEEP Limited, Morecambe - £36,211 - This project will deliver youth work activity to children and young people in the West End of Morecambe, an area of multiple deprivation. CEEP (Connect, Engage, Empower, Participate) is the charity which runs Stanley’s Youth and Community Centre on Stanley Road.

The Dukes, Lancaster - £9,650 - This project will deliver the Lancaster Youth Challenge for 11 disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 18, including the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. The young people will gain skills, qualifications, confidence and know how to make positive life choices.

Ludus Dance company in Lancaster - £7,557.

The grant will help the King Street centre offer a lifeline to young people experiencing severe mental health issues.

Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) - £120,601 - This project will deliver work with children and young people across Lancashire at risk of child sexual exploitation to reduce that risk and engender a greater sense of self-worth.

Child Brain Injury Trust - £76,390 - The Child and Family Support model for the North West aims to ensure that children with a brain injury and their brothers and sisters are given the chance to reach their full potential.

BBC Children in Need’s first broadcast appeal was a five-minute radio programme on Christmas Day in 1927. It raised £1,143 18s 3d and the proceeds were shared with four prominent children’s charities.

It continued until it was first televised in 1955 and has been a mainstay of British culture since that day.

The appeal’s iconic teddy bear Pudsey made his television debut in 1985 alongside presenter Sir Terry Wogan who first appeared for Children in Need in 1978.

The first major appeal came in 1980 and since that day more than £840m has been raised for disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.

The money given to organisations is released to them over a period of three years and the next appeal show is tonight on BBC One from 7.30pm.