BBC CHILDREN IN NEED 2017 CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED 11

BBC Children in Need‘s fundraising campaign is asking people across the UK to channel their passions, hobbies or dreams and ‘Do Your Thing’ to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

An incredible star studded line-up of famous faces have come together to support the Do Your Thing campaign, including Matt Baker, Frankie Bridge, Jim Chapman, Tess Daly, Alex Jones, Carol Kirkwood, Scott Mills, Ore Oduba, Louise Pentland, Ellie Simmonds, Charlie Simpson, Rachel Stevens, Joe Sugg and Matt Willis.

The celebrities are asking the nation to Do Your Thing and fundraise for BBC Children in Need. From fancy dress to clothes swaps, fun runs to once in a lifetime challenges, bake sales or sponsored silences, everyone can channel their passions into fundraising for BBC Children in Need.

The One Show and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker says of the campaign: “Every year I see people up and down the country doing remarkable things to raise money for BBC Children in Need, and I can’t wait to see what the UK public do again this year! You can do anything. Whether it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, like an epic cycling challenge, or something that you’re really good at like telling jokes or singing, you can turn anything into a fundraiser. So come on UK, Do Your Thing!”

Also supporting the campaign is former Saturdays star Frankie Bridge, who says: “I am so excited to be supporting BBC Children in Need again this year. It’s such a worthy cause and everybody always has so much fun when they are fundraising. You really can do anything to raise money! Why don’t you try a tech detox and live without your phone for a day, or maybe you could hold a clothes sale with your friends – whatever your thing is turn it into a fundraiser and the money that you raise will go on to make a real difference to young lives across the UK.”

Strictly Come Dancing’s Tess Daly is also urging everyone to show their support in 2017: “BBC Children in Need is back, and I can’t wait to see everyone across the UK doing their thing to raise money for the charity! Whatever you do, have fun and raise as much money as possible! It’s a cause that I am so passionate about and it really does make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people all over the UK.”

Also championing the 2017 campaign is The One Show presenter Alex Jones who called on people across the UK to join in: “It’s wonderful to be supporting BBC Children in Need again this year. Each year the public amazes me with the wild, wonderful and unique ways that they fundraise for the charity and I expect this year to be no different! Come on UK, Do Your Thing for BBC Children in Need.”

BBC Radio 1 presenter, Scott Mills, who undertook an abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit for BBC Children in Need in 2015, called on the public to do all they can to support the 2017 Appeal, saying: “Whether you go to work in fancy dress, bake cakes for your family and friends or fancy taking on an adrenaline fuelled challenge – this year do your thing for BBC Children in Need and the money that you raise will go on to help improve the lives of children and young people in all corners of the UK. So what are you waiting for? Do Your Thing!”

Strictly Come Dancing’s 2016 glitter-ball champion Ore Oduba encourages the nation to get involved, saying: “It’s that time of year again – when the good people of the UK pull out all the stops to fundraise for BBC Children in Need! Whether it’s by challenging yourself to a sponsored silence or putting on your best fancy dress; whatever your thing is, do it and make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people’s lives right here in the UK!”

Former S Club 7 star, Rachel Stevens, who has secured two number one singles with S Club 7 for BBC Children in Need, says of the campaign: “It’s fantastic to be able to support BBC Children in Need this year. The charity does amazing work with children and young people all over the UK and I really hope that this year the public does their thing once again and raises lots of money for the cause.”

Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive at BBC Children in Need, says: “BBC Children in Need is calling on people across the UK to once again come together to make a lasting, positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Whether you love baking or fancy dress, or fancy taking on a once in a lifetime challenge, you can use your passions to help change young lives.”

The official fundraising pack is available for download now from bbc.co.uk/pudsey and is bursting with ideas to inspire Do Your Thing fundraising ahead of the 38th Appeal show on Friday 17 November. To date the Great British public has raised over £909 million for children and young people across the UK and the charity is calling on people to once again pull out all the stops and help make a difference!

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CHILDREN IN NEED 2017: PRESENTING LINE-UP REVEALED 8

Coming live from the BBC’s Elstree studios on Friday 17 November, the night will feature a spectacular star-studded line-up as they join together to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Hosting BBC Children in Need for the first time, Mel Giedroyc says: “Tess. Ade. Graham. Rochelle. Marvin. The Power Rangers of the presenting world. I feel honoured to be joining their ranks and bagsy wear the blue all-in-one body-stocking-slash-helmet combo.”

Presenting the show for a second time, Graham Norton says of the charity: “BBC Children in Need helps so many children and young people up and down the country. Presenting the show is a lovely thing to be a part of; it’s a celebration of the best of people.”

Long-term supporter of BBC Children in Need, Tess Daly says of the Appeal: “I love presenting the live show, I love the adrenaline rush of it. The Great British public dig deep for BBC Children in Need as it’s a charity close to people’s hearts, raising vital money for children in the UK.”

Returning again in 2017, Ade Adepitan says of the show: “I am very excited and extremely proud to be presenting BBC Children in Need again with Tess, Graham, Marvin and Rochelle. The charity has been an incredible force for good in the UK, helping some of the most vulnerable people when they most need it. To be asked to play a part in helping these people is a real honour. I’m looking forward to a fabulous evening of tears, entertainment and most of all laughter. Get your popcorn and your tissues ready – it’s going be an incredible night!”

Rochelle Humes says of the charity: “BBC Children in Need has played such a big part in everyone’s life, including my own, ever since I was at school. It holds such a close connection with those around us and year on year we see the incredible impact it makes to those children who are in need, which is why so many want to get on board and help this wonderful cause. On the night itself, we have some amazing things for everyone at home to enjoy, so don’t forget to tune in and do all you can to make a difference!”

Also returning in 2017 is Marvin Humes, who says: “It’s so nice to be back again hosting. Last year was the first time Rochelle and I were part of the show together. We absolutely loved it. BBC Children in Need is such a great British institution. It’s incredible and a dream come true to be supporting once again.”

Further exciting news regarding the performances, sketches and content which viewers can enjoy on the night will be shared in due course. The BBC Children in Need Appeal Show is a BBC Studios production, executive produced by Clare Pizey and Leanne Witcoop.

X FACTOR UK: SAM BLACK RETURNS TO REPLACE ANTHONY RUSSELL AT JUDGES HOUSES 9

Sam Black is set to make his return to The X Factor, joining Louis Walsh‘s Boys at Judges’ Houses!

Following Anthony Russell‘s exit from the competition due to personal reasons, Louis has decided that Sam is the man to replace him, despite leaving the show at Boot Camp.

Louis explained: “Anthony has been fantastic across the series, a great singer and performer who we are really sad to see go. I had to think for a long time who could take the place.

“Sam had a great reaction from the British public when his Audition aired. So I re-watched it and realised we missed a trick not putting him through atBoot Camp. He has that retro 60s style viewers will love. He’s really likeable and talented and I can’t wait to hear more.”

Sam – who caused a stir at Boot Camp by proposing to his girlfriend on stage – added: “Obviously, I feel terrible for Anthony because he is not only an amazing singer but also a lovely guy.

“He has even messaged me good luck. I really appreciate the second chance I’ve been given and I feel so lucky to get this opportunity. My family and I are over the moon.”

You can catch Sam in action when The X Factor hits Judges’ Houses on Saturday 21st October, 8.20pm and Sunday 22nd October, 7pm on ITV.