BBC Children in Need’s 2022 Appeal raises £35million - BBC Children in Need (2023)

BBC Children in Need’s 2022 Great SPOTacular Appeal show saw the UK public once again going above and beyond to support children and young people across the UK to thrive and be the best they can be, raising a whopping £35million during the charity’s 42nd Appeal show.

Live on BBC One and iPlayer from 7.00pm on Friday, the charity’s 2022 Appeal show marked the crescendo of this year’s fundraising activities for BBC Children in Need. Presented by Ade Adepitan MBE, Mel Giedroyc, Jason Manford, Chris Ramsey and Alex Scott MBE from MediaCity UK, Salford, the 2022 show featured a glittering array of famous faces to entertain the nation, whilst shining a light on the children and young people across the UK facing challenges in their lives, and the urgent need for support in light of the cost of living crisis.

The show was opened with a spectacular performance from global superstar, Mimi Webb, who performed Ghosts of You to kick-off the show.

In a world-exclusive, Millie Gibson joined the stage to reveal live on air that she will the Fifteenth Doctor’s companion.

Later in the evening, audiences were treated to an electric performance by Diversity, who brought the stage to life with a brilliant and bespoke live performance especially for BBC Children in Need.

The show also saw Bradley Walsh present a special edition of the popular BBC One gameshow, Blankety Blank, especially for BBC Children in Need. The special edition saw children supported by BBC Children in Need projects trying to match answers given by celebrity guests Maisie Smith, John Waite, resulting in lots of laughs and smiles.

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In a fitting tribute to the charity’s Life-President, the show also saw the presentation of the seventh Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award. The accolade recognises the charity’s fundraisers, of whom Sir Terry was a huge champion, and this year was awarded to 81 year old Aileen Kane from Glasgow, who has fundraised for BBC Children in Need for 35 years. Aileens’ very special award was presented by Michael Ball, who led the call for nominees and championed the award on his BBC Radio 2 show this year.

Another standout moment in the show saw Romesh Ranganathan host a very special Battle of the Soaps edition of The Weakest Link which saw EastEnders’ Max Bowden, Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton, Emmerdale’s Chris Bisson and Hollyoaks’ Kirsty Leigh Porter go head to head in the nail biting special. After several tense rounds, Anthony was victorious.

Elsewhere in the show, a plethora of celebrities came together in a hilarious sketch which saw Lenny Rush take on the role of BBC Children in Need’s celebrity call centre supervisor. The sketch brought a lot of laughs as Lenny tried to keep the phone bank team including Mr Blobby, Natalie Cassidy, Rachel Riley, Lorraine Kelly, Ben Shephard,Rev Kate Bottley, Sir Mo Farah, Iain Stirling, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Lord Sugar, Jonathan Bailey, Darren Harriott,Peter Andre, Richard Madeley and many more, under control.

Other highlights of the evening included:

  • Chart-topper Lewis Capaldi brought the stage to life with a performance of Forget You
  • A heart-warming special of The Repair Shop, which saw Will Kirk carry out a very special restoration in honour of a young boy named Etienne
  • A world exclusive of Junior Eurovision’s Freya Skye singing Lose My Head
  • Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice putting on a showstopping performance of Nice ‘N’ Easy
  • A stunning performance from children and young people with the BBC Children in Need choir singing a beautiful cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We know
  • A Graham Norton Red Chair special, which saw Mandip Gill, Danny Jones, Jordan North and Big Zuu having their fate decided by a group of children who took control of the notorious lever!
  • Joe Wicks MBE completing his Ultra Marathon which saw him walk 30 miles to help raise vital funds for grassroots projects, and local charities supported by BBC Children in Need
  • Mason Mount surprising schoolchildren in a special VT filmed at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
  • Sam Ryder joining in the fun and leading the 8pm totaliser!

The show was closed with a truly special performance of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill. The poignant rendition was curated by Gareth Malone and included the Military Wives, choirs from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and a ‘commonwealth’ of Drummers outside the Royal Albert Hall. The beautiful rendition was made all the more special thanks to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, who joined in to perform live.

The real stars of the night however have been the children and young people who shared their stories and brought to life how money raised this evening will go on to make a difference to children and young people in urgent need of support across the UK.

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Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive, BBC Children in Need, says: “Tonight will be an evening I will never forget, not least because of the overwhelming kindness and generosity shown at a time when things are incredibly hard for so many. We have laughed, we have cried and we have been thoroughly entertained, but above all, we have shown the UK’s children and young people that we are here for them. Too many children and young people across the UK are being impacted by the cost of living crisis, but the money raised this evening will quite simply, change their lives and their futures. I would like to thank each and every person that gave so generously this evening, our supporters really should feel incredibly proud, I know I do. Thank you.”

This evening’s night of entertainment marked the crescendo of this year’s Appeal which has seen a plethora of fundraising feats and inspiring programming, including:

  • The Great Rickshaw Relay Challenge which saw Matt Baker MBE and a team of incredibly inspiring young people, all of whom who have all been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects, take on a relay-style ride across the UK, raising a phenomenal £1,259,802
  • The One Show’s Surprise Squad for BBC Children in Need, which saw five inspirational young people delivering surprises across the country with the help of The One Show’s presenters, Alex Jones, Jermaine Jenas and Ronan Keating, which raised a remarkable £1,226,021
  • The DIY SOS team, with the help of Radio 2, built a brand-new home for Leeds based, BBC Children in Need funded project, Getaway Girls., raising £285,824 along the way
  • The 2022 Ramble special, which saw Countryfile presenters and inspirational children and young people rambling in breath-taking locations across the UK, contributing to Countryfile’s incredible 2022 fundraising total of £3,023,651
  • Scott Mills undertaking the Great Treadmills Challenge, an epic 24 hour treadmill challenge which raised £1,228,209, contributing to Radio 2’s overall total of £1,284,866, which included Radio 2’s Gala performance of Frozen the Musical which raised £56,657.14

The BBC Children in Need Appeal Show is a BBC Studios production, executive produced by Peter Davey and Colin Hopkins. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Sarah Clay.


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Notes to Editors

BBC Children in Need’s 2021 Appeal show culminated with an on-the-night total of £39 million.

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BBC Children in Need believe every child and young person deserves the opportunity to thrive and be the best they can be.

BBC Children in Need’s ambition is to create lasting, positive change across the UK for the children and young people who need it most. Together with the BBC and partners, BBC Children in Need aim to inspire the nation in support of their work.

BBC Children in Need’s 2,200 local charities and projects work tirelessly in every corner of the UK to help children & young people overcome the additional challenges they currently face, including supporting children and young people living in poverty, providing emergency support to families in crisis, providing comfort to children feeling sad, lost and alone, helping children overcome social injustice and supporting children to feel safe and secure again.

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What is the most children in need has raised? ›

Today (Thursday 6 July 2017) BBC Children in Need announced its final fundraising total for the 2016 Appeal, a record breaking £60 million.

How much money did they make for children in need? ›

BBC Children in Need's 2022 Appeal raises £35million.

What is the Pudsey theme this year? ›

This year's theme encourages you to be SPOTacular with lots of fun ways to raise money and take part in the appeal. And Children in Need's 2022 campaign is all about Positive Relationships.

What is the hardest year to raise a child? ›

In fact, age 8 is so tough that the majority of the 2,000 parents who responded to the 2020 survey agreed that it was the hardest year, while age 6 was better than expected and age 7 produced the most intense tantrums.

What is the easiest age to raise a child? ›

They become quite independent as they reach 5-6 years of age, even wanting to help you with some of the chores! This is probably why most parents look at age 6 as the magical age when parenting gets easier.

Do the stars on Children In Need get paid? ›

Are any of the presenters or other celebrities paid for working with BBC Children in Need? As a charity, we don't pay celebrities for their support. We're very grateful to all of our celebrity supporters who give their time for free.

Do Children In Need get all the money? ›

Once allocated, we don't give out the money to projects all at once. We pay out the money in instalments over the lifetime of the grant so that we can do some checks and balances and make sure the cash is really doing what it's supposed to, making a difference to young lives.

Did the government give kids money? ›

For every child 6-17 years old, families got $250 each month, and for every child under 6 years old, families will get $300 each month.

Why was children in need so short? ›

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the telethon was reduced to a singular programme with only four presenters: Mel Giedroyc, Alex Scott, Chris Ramsey and Stephen Mangan.

Why does Pudsey wear an eyepatch? ›

It remains unknown why Pudsey wears the eye patch, but it is widely assumed that the accessory is to make Pudsey seem 'in need' himself. Of course, this makes the cuddly bear more relatable to the children the charity is trying to help.

Who is Pudsey's girlfriend? ›

Meet Blush, otherwise known as the female Pudsey. She is 13 years old after being revealed by the BBC in 2009 ahead of the 30th anniversary of the televised appeal show. Blush is still around today and can be purchased from the Pudsey Shop alongside the iconic bear.

What do you wear for children in need? ›

Many hold a non-school uniform day with a small donation to take take part. If you're stuck for what to wear, many schools go for spots or pyjamas as their theme for the day, or else just casual clothes.

Whose idea was Children in Need? ›

1980: The modern BBC Children in Need Appeal is born

Devoted to raising money for charities working with children in the United Kingdom, the new format, presented by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen, saw a dramatic increase in public donations.

At what age is a child no longer a baby? ›

They've had a first birthday

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , kids between the ages of 1 and 3 are considered toddlers. If your baby has celebrated their first birthday, they've automatically been promoted to toddlerhood, according to some.

At what age are kids most stressful? ›

The majority of parents with adult kids agree ages of 0 to 4 were the most stressful, and 29 percent say age 3 was the most difficult time for them. The brunt of it, however, was the teenage years, according to 30 percent of parents.

What is the most difficult age in life? ›

Looking first at self-reports of ongoing stress, we found that people experience a sharp increase in stress levels in their late twenties and early thirties. Stress levels increase more moderately during the thirties and forties, remain steady for about 20 years, and then drop sharply as retirement comes around.

What age is the most fun to parent? ›

The Best And Hardest Ages

Forty percent of survey participants felt that five was the most fun age. This was thought to be down to improved communication skills and the development of a good sense of humour. The survey also found that parents had the least fun with the 10 to 12 year old children.

Should I have a child at 50? ›

If you are trying to get pregnant after age 50, you will probably need some fertility help. While it's not impossible to become pregnant naturally at 50, it is very rare. Women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. As you get older, you have fewer eggs, and they are more likely to have abnormalities.

What age are the best parents? ›

But what's the best age to start bringing up a child? According to research at Aarhus University in Denmark, it may be a bit older – mid-30s upwards. In a study of 4,741 Danish mothers, being older was associated with raising children with fewer behavioural, social and emotional difficulties at ages seven and 11.

Who pays the most child support celebrity? ›

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  • Nas - $51,000 dollars a month. ...
  • Eddie Murphy - $50,000 dollars a month. ...
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Do celebrities get paid for appearing on charity game shows? ›

They pay the celebrities but the celebs can't be seen to be winning money. Therefore they donate their winnings to charities. This is meant as entertainment and they select the guests on the basis of who they believe will appeal to their audience.

Do actors get paid for Unicef commercials? ›

But the charity does not pay celebrities now. In 2014, the international children's charity World Vision paid a group of artists, including a folk-rock band fronted by the Downton Abbey actor Elizabeth McGovern, to promote the charity at their concerts.

Who gets stimulus money for kids? ›

Families with children 5 and younger are eligible for credits of as much as $3,600 per child, with up to $300 received monthly in advance; those with children ages 6 to 17 are eligible for up to $3,000, with up to $250 a month in advance.

Should every child be given pocket money? ›

The most important benefit of giving pocket money is teaching kids to be independent and that's the key to success in today's time. When parents allow them to play with money, kids feel connected and they think their parents trust them. When they have money, they develop the ability to manage and learn its importance.

How much money does each kid get from the government? ›

California: Families who earn less than $25,000 are eligible to receive $1,000, either as a reduced state tax bill or refund. Those earning between $25,000 and $30,000 would receive a reduced credit.

Is the government sending out $300 checks? ›

How much California residents will receive is based on their income, tax-filing status and household size. Single taxpayers who earn less than $75,000 a year and couples who file jointly and make less than $150,000 a year will receive $350 per taxpayer and another $350 if they have any dependents.

Are we getting a stimulus check in 2022? ›

This rebate was split into two equal payments, delivered in June and August 2022. The funds were sent automatically to taxpayers who filed a 2021 state return. If you don't typically file a state income tax return but do so for 2021 by May 31, 2023, you'll receive your rebate by direct deposit or check.

Are we getting a stimulus check in July 2022? ›

State leaders say an estimated 23 million people qualify for the checks, which will be sent out between October 2022 and January 2023. The payment is only available to residents who have lived in California for at least 6 months in the 2020 tax year or who are living in the state by the time the check is issued.

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Is there a song with only 1 word? ›

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Why is my child short for his age? ›

A common reason is familial short stature, which means the parents are short. Constitutional delay in growth and puberty is another cause, which means the child is a late bloomer. It's not unusual for someone who has been small all their life to suddenly have a growth spurt late in high school.

What age is a child in need? ›

For assessing Children in need who are disabled, see Children and Young People Aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Procedure.

Why is children in need trying to help others? ›

It raises money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. The charity's aim is to improve the lives of thousands of children by ensuring that their childhood is safe, happy and secure. They want to give every child the chance to reach their full potential in life.

Who is blush to Pudsey? ›

Pudsey's best friend, Blush, is the perfect bear to carry around. She is a super soft medium bear and is made from 100% recycled materials.

Do boots sell Pudsey ears? ›

You can buy them online at the Pudsey shop or on the Boots website.

What did the original Pudsey look like? ›

He was initially brown with a red bandage on his head and his buttons spelling out BBC down his front, but this gradually all changed. Nowadays, he has his famous yellow fur with a multi-coloured polka-dot bandage and he is entirely buttonless.

How old is blush Children in Need? ›

Meet Blush, otherwise known as the female Pudsey. She is 13 years old after being revealed by the BBC in 2009 ahead of the 30th anniversary of the televised appeal show.

Where are Ashley and Pudsey now? ›

As for Pudsey, the faithful pooch sadly passed away in July 2017 after a battle with acute leukaemia. Owner Ashleigh shared the heartbreaking news of her 11-year-old companion's death in a heartbreaking tribute on social media. She said: "I can't honestly believe I am writing these words.

Is Pudsey still alive? ›

On 21 July 2017, Butler announced that Pudsey had died. Following his death, Butler said that her other trained dog, Sully, would take over future events but would "never become Pudsey”.
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At what age can a child dress himself without help? ›

Children can dress and undress themselves by around the age of 3. This depends on how much practice they've had and how much interest they've shown. Often, younger children in a family learn how to dress themselves earlier than older siblings did.

What to wear when you're over 50? ›

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  • Play up your waistline. ...
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What should I dress my child in for bed? ›

As a guideline, you should dress your baby in one more layer than what an adult would find comfortable. The American Academy of Pediatrics1 (AAP) recommends that babies sleep without a blanket to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but there's no need to overbundle.

Who is the owner of orphans in need? ›

Sheikh Anis longed to pave a way for the poor to have access to the highest standard of education available and in 2005 Sheikh Anis founded Orphans in Need, in the United Kingdom and registered a Trust in India to make a difference in the lives of those who were living in extreme poverty.

How much money did Children in Need make in 1980? ›

BBC Children In Need is a charity appeal launched and organised by the BBC that raises money to help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The televised appeal began in 1980 and saw Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Ester Ranzten presented the show which raised £1 million that year.

How much money did Children in Need raise in 2022? ›

BBC Children in Need's 2022 Great SPOTacular Appeal show saw the UK public once again going above and beyond to support children and young people across the UK to thrive and be the best they can be, raising a whopping £35million during the charity's 42nd Appeal show.

What charity has raised the most money? ›

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What charity gives the most to children? ›

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  • World Vision.
  • Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
  • Save the Children.
  • Action for Healthy Kids.
  • Child Mind Institute.
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
  • March of Dimes.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities.

What is the healthiest number of children to have? ›

Despite the growing trends mentioned above, two children still seems to the ideal number. An actual study revealed one to two children is the ideal number for “happiness”, but with two you don't have to deal with the aforementioned only child issues.

How much did child in need raise 2010? ›

In 2010 contributions fell short of the previous year's fund-raising total. The 2010 event raised £18,098,199 compared to £20,309,747 in 2009.

Which charity gives the most to the poor? ›

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CIS Development Foundation99.50%
Matthew 25: Ministries99.40%
Kids In Need Foundation99.40%
Brother's Brother Foundation99.40%
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Who gives more to charity rich or poor? ›

Giving by income level

Middle-class Americans donate a little less. But the lower-income population surprises by giving more than the middle—and in some measures even more than the top. (As a percentage of available income, that is. In absolute dollars, those in higher income groups give much, much more money.)

Which country is the most generous with charity? ›

The most generous country in the world is Indonesia for the fifth year in a row. The Top 10 most generous countries have changed substantially in 2021. More than three billion people helped someone they didn't know in 2021. More people than ever donated money in 2021.

Is St Jude's a good charity to donate to? ›

Jude charity rating and review. According to Charity Navigator — an organization that evaluates nonprofits based on transparency, financial health and accountability — ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a four-out-of-four star rating for our Overall Score and Rating.

Who has the best child welfare system? ›

Study ranks best, worst states for child well-being: Massachusetts tops list, New Mexico trails. Two New England states rank at the top.

How much did Danny Thomas give to St Jude's? ›

Fittingly, it was a Saint Jude Hospital, named for the saint who had inspired Thomas to act so long ago. Over six years, Thomas had raised $1,250,000 for the hospital, and all he needed was a final $500,000 to get construction started.

How many babies can a man have in her lifetime? ›

Since men require less time and fewer resources to have kids, the most "prolific" fathers today can have up to about 200 children. The number of children men can have depends on the health of their sperm and other factors like how many women they can reproduce with.

Is it OK to have 3 kids? ›

A “Today Show” survey reported that having three children is actually the most stressful number for parents. This is bad news if you're thinking of stopping at three kids. But it's good news if you're planning on having even more children. According to the study, more kids somehow equals less stress.

How many babies can a woman have in a year? ›

However, counting that every delivery requires 9 months, a limit of about 40 pregnancies actually seems probable. But these are mathematically possible pregnancies not safe ones. For one, this means that the woman is getting no time to recover and make up for the loss of iron and folic acid after childbirth.

How much has a kid who is 15 years old cost to raise? ›

Key Takeaways. Middle-income parents will spend an average of $310,605 by the time a child born in 2015 turns 17 years old in 2032. The largest expense associated with raising a child is housing, followed by food.

How much does it cost to raise a child born in 2008? ›

In 2008, raising a child from birth to 18 can cost a middle-income, two-parent American family an average of $221,190. When adjusted for inflation, that rises to more than $290,000. On an annual basis, that would range from $11,610 to $13,480 depending on the age of the child.

How much did it cost to raise a child in 1980? ›

Depending on where a family lives, the costs for the 1982 child could go as as high as $89,720 by the time he or she was 18. The top for the 1980 child, the department said, would be $76,655. The estimates were included in a Family Economics Review report by the department's Agricultural Research Service.


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