Famous faces help launch big appeal

A host of famous faces have joined together tasking people in Blackpool to channel their passions, hobbies or dreams to do their thing and help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK.

Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 10:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 4:39 pm
Anita Rani and Pudsey help launch the appeal

The likes of Matt Baker, Alex Jones and Anita Rani, are inspiring the public to get involved with Do Your Thing for BBC Children in Need.

One show hosts Alex Jones is encouraging people to pull out their trainers and put on their sweatbands.

She said: “This year, I want to see the people of Blackpool get out there and Do Your Thing for BBC Children in Need!

“You can dust off your trainers and trampettes to do your fitness thing, or get your friends together and break the world record for the longest dance-a-thon.

“All you need is a little imagination and you can make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the country.”

Blackpool will play a starring role in this year’s campaign with the DIY SOS Big Build programme – documenting the building of Blackpool Carers’ 
new home in Newton Drive on of the showpiece programmes in the run up to the big night.

Across Lancashire, Children in Need currently funds 45 projects with 10 of those projects working in Blackpool.

The Boathouse Youth is among the schemes supported – receiving £45,000 in grants to deliver educational and recreational school holiday activities for children and young people aged between five and 18.