Presented by Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton, This years Children in Need fund-raising event took place on Friday 16th November 2012, and The amount, which was pledged by donors during the seven hour live show and is expected to rise in the coming weeks, exceeded last year’s record sum of £26.3 million. Among the fundraisers this year were Children in Need’s Team Rickshaw, who undertook a cycle ride from Llandudno to London, to raise money for charity. The young riders taking part in Team Rickshaw included James, an 18-year-old from Kent, who has cared for his mother, who has a brain injury, and his brother and sister, who are both autistic, for as long as he can remember. Jack, 16, is from Essex, who has had a double kidney transplant, but is now incredibly healthy and civic minded. Lauren, Jamila, Darren and Ciaran make up the rest of the team.
It follows on from 2011’s challenge, when presenter Matt Baker did a rickshaw challenge from Edinburgh to London, and raised £1.9m. This years route is from Llandudno to TV Centre and so far Team Rickshaw has raised £850,000, and hope to raise a million. Meanwhile Alex Jones, from the One Show, was also present. This year There was also a Doctor Who Mini episode which took place in Victorian England, and featured Doctor Who (Matt Smith) Madame Vastra, Jenny, Commander Strax and introduced the Christmas Episode. There was also A Strictly Come Dancing Children In Need Special, introduced by Sir Bruce Forsythe and,featuring two of the previous most memorable contestants – Russell Grant and Ann Widdecome.
This year Donations are generally down by a staggering 20% since last year (If you’ve read the newspapers you’ll know why). Despite this The Children In Need fund was given a boost by the fashion pack on Thursday night when there was an auction of the nineteen Pudsey Bears in the 2012 Designer Pudsey Collection, which have all been styled by world-famous fashion designers including Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen and Burberry among others. It was the brainchild of Love magazine editor Katie Grand, and also featured stylish creations from Balenciaga, Burberry, Versace, Paul Smith and Gucci. Giles Deacon’s Swarovski crystal embellished Pudsey featuring £20,000 worth of crystals, made the most money and was sold for £24,000 to the Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana. The next bestseller was Louis Vuitton’s effort, designed by LOVE editor and Vuitton show stylist Katie Grand which doubles as a bag, which sold for £20,000, followed by Tom Ford’s bear cutely styled with a suit, hat and sunglasses which went under the hammer for £12,000.
On Friday 26th October the thrilling SVR time trial took place between a steam locomotive from The Severn Valley Railway and a car from the Morgan Motor Company, which featured the Southern Railways “Battle of Britain” class Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive No.34053 “Sir Keith Park”, with Sky Sports presenter Vicky Gomersall on the footplate racing a Vintage Morgan three-wheeler, driven by Coronation Street actor Tony Hirst,(Paul Kershaw), to Kidderminster Station, in order to raise money for Children in Need. Sir Keith was also pulling a rake of eight carriages non-stop, which included a Children in Need coach carrying children from Edward’s Trust in Birmingham & Pudsey Bear, as well as specially invited customers and fee paying passengers travelling in all the other coaches. All profits from the event went to the BBC Children in Need appeal.
Among other people appearing this year were Kylie Minogue, who performed orchestral versions of Spinning Around, Can’t Get You out of my Head, Locomotion & I should be so Lucky, Newscasters Sophie Raworth, Bill turnbul and Fiona Bruce who each did a lap of the Top Gear Test Track to raise money for charity, Former chorister Aled Jones led the The Choir, which united 2,500 children across the UK in a performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water, British music stars Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding also took part in the show, Little Mix and One Direction also performed, Lord Alan Sugar appeared in a special edition of EastEnders., Matt Smith & Jenna Louise Coleman did a mini Doctor Who episode, Girls Aloud m(a)imed the official Children in Need AA side single, Something New, and Beautiful Because You Love Me, for the first time on television (Incidentally it’s Sarah Harding’s birthday on the 17th November). DIY: SOS and Bargain Hunt also recorded special Children in Need programmes, while Sir Terry paid a fund-raising visit to Lee Mack sitcom Not Going Out. Robbie Williams, Victoria Beckham Pudsey the Dog, Jessie J and The 2012 UK Olympic Team including Mo Farah, Tom Daley, Zara Philips,Victoria Pendleton, Ellie Simmonds and many others also did a routine.