Children in Need is a UK charity run by the BBC, who raise money throughout the year to help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
Every year in November, Children in Need holds their annual appeal night when they run an evening of entertainment, with celebrities usually making fools of themselves, to help raise money. As the hugely successful appeal swings back into action for another year, the creator of the charity’s Pudsey Bear mascot explains how the cuddly teddy came to be named.
The origin of one of the nation’s favorite bears is hidden largely in his name, but the story of Pudsey pays tribute to more than just his West Yorkshire roots in the town of Pudsey. Although he has always been a yellow bear with a spotted bandage over one eye, a few of his features have been changed since he was created in 1985. With the most recent redesign in 2007 bringing a splash of colour to his characteristic bandage and the loss of his buttons, he still remains the same yellow bear that we all love!
Pudsey will be paying a visit to New Roots for this year’s Children in Need celebrations, as we hold our very own Pudsey Party on Friday 17th November, from 3-5pm, at Crown Place Community Centre, to raise money for this amazing charity.