What is Children In Need, when did it launch and how can I raise money in 2019?

CHILDREN In Need 2021 returns with its annual appeal on Friday 19 November and it is set to be bigger than ever.

But when did the charity first launch? Here's everything you need to know…

What is Children In Need?

Children In Need is the BBC's UK charity which aims to support disadvantaged children and young people.

Since it began the annual televised appeals have raised over £950 million.

The mascot is Pudsey the bear who is yellow with a polka-dot bandage covering one eye.

The BBC devotes a whole night of programming to the telethon with the exception of 35 minutes reserved for the News at Ten.

Each year the show features various celebrities – in 2018 Boyzone took part in a Strictly Come Dancing Special. 

The hosts of the 2019 hosts include Tess Daly, Rylan Clark-Neal, and presenters Rochelle and Marvin Humes.

In 2020, Alex Scott and Chris Ramsey hosted the charity's first virtual show.

They return as hosts for the 2021 show, along with Graham Norton, Ade Adepitan and Mel Giedroyc.

When was Children In Need launched?

The first Children In Need telethon was broadcast in 1980.

It raised £1 million and was hosted by Terry Wogan, Esther Rantzen and Sue Lawley.

Originally it took the form of segments in between main programmes but was later developed into a single continuous show.

Terry Wogan continued to host the show up until 2014 – following his death in 2016 his family set up the Terry Wogan Fundraiser Of The Year award.

The BBC's first broadcast charity appeal was a five minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day in 1927.

Children In Need became a registered charity in England and Wales in 1988 and in Scotland in 2008.

How can I raise money for Children In Need 2021?

The official website for Children In Need 2021 has lots of fundraising ideas and downloadable resources.

If you want to help out you can get a free fundraiser supporter kit.

You can find out how to donate here.

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