When is Pudsey day 2021? Everything to know about this year’s Children in Need

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  • With Pudsey Day 2021 just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your fundraising efforts.

    Children in Need is an annual charity event that supports local charities and projects to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all over the country. Each year – much like Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day – there’s a big BBC event that entertains the nation and encourages people to donate to a good cause. Whilst shining a light on the various fundraising ideas undertaken by people up and down the country to raise funds for those in need.

    Every year, the appeal show features BBC specials, performances and various fun and games. Last year we saw things like Mock the Week and The Repair Shop meets Children in Need, plus a 24-hour PE challenge from Joe Wicks. And we’re sure that 2021 will no doubt see the return of the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Children in Need special too.

    When is Pudsey Day 2021?

    Children in Need’s Pudsey Day will take place on Friday 19th November 2021.

    We’ve yet to learn details of the Children in Need telethon for 2021. But if it’s anything like previous years, the show will run on BBC One from 7:30pm – 2:30am with an all-star presenter line up. Plus they’ll be a host of Children in Need TV specials, which in the past have included ones by Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and The One Show.

    This year’s Pudsey Day theme has been revealed as “together we can”. And several celebrities – including Joe Wicks, Professor Green and Laura Whitmore – have come forward to shared their own experiences with mental health, poverty, disability and bereavement. In the hopes that disadvantaged children and young people can see they’re not alone and there are ways to make these issues better.

    How to fundraise for Children in Need 2021:

    If you want to get involved in Pudsey Day 2021, you can raise money in many ways.

    BBC Children in Need have plenty of ideas to help you get started including sponsored walks, bake sales, or if you’re feeling very brave, a head shave!

    They’ve also shared some BBC show inspired fundraisers from the likes of Strictly, Countryfile and The One Show too:

    • Get your Strictly On: Dress up in some sequins, add some sparkle to your cake bakes or host a dance-off. You can download some Pudsey special Strictly props too for the occasion.
    • Get your boots on: BBC Countryside is asking you to get together with friends or family for a walk and turn it into a fundraiser for BBC Children in Need. You can download your Get Ramble Ready fundraising pack now.
    • Pedal for Pudsey: Take on your own mini Rickshaw Challenge for 2021 – made famous by former The One Show presenter Matt Baker – and get sponsored for a bike ride. Find their Pedal for Pudsey fundraising kit online for extra help and guidance.

    BBC Breakfast weatherman Owain Wyn Evans has also signed up to a 24-hour drumathon for the charity on 12th December.

    At 6.55pm on the Friday before Pudsey Day 2021, there will be a special BBC One TV performance where everyone will come together for Owain’s Big Bang. And they’re encouraging viewers to bash a pot or pan, bin lid, bucket or cardboard box to the same tune. Owain will be joined by 50 drummers who will help lead the country in a rousing performance of the BBC News theme.

    If you’re unable to fundraise – you can still just make a straight donation. And there are various ways you can donate to Children in Need. You can donate online, by text or by phone, and some banks, building societies and post offices accept in-person donations too.

    If you’d prefer to donate by post, then you’re asked to send a cheque and not to send cash in an envelope.

    Pudsey merchandise 2021:

    Pudsey Bear is the much-loved Children in Need mascot, and you can show your support by wearing a whole host of merchandise designed exclusively for Pudsey Day 2021.

    Children in Need t-shirts 2021:

    Children in Need t-shirts 2021

    Credit: ASDA

    George at Asda are just one supermarket selling the official Children in Need t-shirts for 2021. This year’s designs feature a gorgeous gold sequin design and a uni-sex Pudsey bear face with his spotty bandana.

    BUY ADULT SEQUIN PUDSEY T-SHIRT | £10

    BUY CHILD SEQUIN PUDSEY T-SHIRT | £6

    BUY ADULT UNISEX PUDSEY T-SHIRT | £6

    BUY CHILD UNISEX PUDSEY T-SHIRT | £5

    Pudsey Bear ears:

    Pudsey Day 2021 Ears

    Credit: Children in Need

    You can order four types of Pudsey Bear ears via the official Children in Need website. New for 2021 are the sequin ears and furry LED light-up ears – which we’re sure will prove very popular. When you buy ears, 46% of the price will be donated to charity too.

    BUY PUDSEY SHAKER EARS | £2.50

    BUY CLASSIC PUDSEY EARS | £2.50

    BUY FURRY LED PUDSEY EARS | £2.50

    BUY CLASSIC BLUSH EARS | £2.50

    2021 Pudsey Beanie Bear

    Pudsey Day 2021 Bear

    Credit: Children in Need

    New for 2021, this Pudsey Beanie Bear is super soft and seriously cute. It’s also the perfect size for little fans of the yellow bear. 46% from the sale of each Pudsey Beanie Bear will benefit BBC Children in Need.

    BUY PUDSEY BEANIE BEAR | £5

    2021 Eleanor Bowmer Pudsey Mug and Tea towel

    Eleanor Bowmer Children in Need merchandise 2021

    Credit: Children in Need

    Illustrator Eleanor Bowmer has collaborated with BBC Children in Need this year for two special Pudsey products – a mug and tea towel. A minimum of 20% will go towards the charity when you purchase either of these stylish designs.

    BUY PUDSEY MUG | £10

    BUY PUDSEY TEA TOWEL | £10

    How much did Children in Need raise last year?

    Despite the challenges that 2020 presented, Children in Need raised a whopping £37,032,789 thanks to generous donations. Lots of celebrities rallied support too, with the nation’s honorary PE teacher Joe Wicks doing an exercise-athon which raised over £2 million for charity, and earned him a Blue Peter badge!

    Joe wrote about his 24 hour PE challenge on Instagram, citing the official total as £2,507,315. He thanked fans for their generosity, calling everyone who took part ‘incredible’.

    As well as Joe’s incredible effort, Matt Baker’s Rickshaw Challenge ended up taking place on exercise bikes at home. Where those involved peddled 830 miles and raised over £4.7 million. So there was a lot of exercise based initiatives this year!

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