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A brief history of…

BBC Children in Need

Why are Sooty and Pudsey rivals? Find out the answer to that, and more, in our timeline

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1927

The first UK appeal to raise money for children’s charities is aired on the radio on Christmas Day. Just five minutes long, it raises £1,143 (that’s  over £64,000 today).

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1955

Presented by Harry Corbett and – wait for it – Sooty (no, not Pudsey), the first TV appeal is called Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal.

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1980

Terry Wogan hosts BBC One’s BBC Children in Need for the first time as a telethon (television marathon). The appeal also tops the £1 million mark for the first time. Go Tezza!

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1985

Pudsey makes his TV debut – as a brown bear! (He changes to his distinct yellow the next year.) As for his name, creator Joanna Lane’s Yorkshire home town inspires it.

Last year alone, BBC Children in Need supported nearly half a million children and young people*.

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2004

Boots becomes a BBC Children in Need partner. Since then, customers and staff have completed many challenges, such as ‘Jump For Pudsey’ last year (2 million jumps, FYI).

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2008

Pudsey is given his own scent on Boots shelves – unique his ’n’ hers fragrances called Hug.

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2013

The UK gets ‘BearFaced’. Yep, it’s all about going make-up-free – in return for sponsorship. Famous ‘naked’ faces? Downton actress Michelle Dockery (above), Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh and Broadchurch’s Olivia Colman, to name a few.

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2014

Pudsey goes grey, as Boots collaborates with Fearne Cotton on an exclusive bear and matching ears.

BEAR NECESSITIES

*BBC Children in Need, August 2017; bbc.co.uk/pudsey.
†Available in selected stores. Boots Advantage Card points cannot be redeemed on, or used to purchase, these products.

Words Charlotte Grant-West Photography Capital Pictures, Getty Images, PA Images, Shutterstock, WENN, Xposure Photos

*BBC Children in Need, August 2017; bbc.co.uk/pudsey. †Available in selected stores. Boots Advantage Card points cannot be redeemed on, or used to purchase, these products.

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