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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).
Presented by Harry Corbett and – wait for it – Sooty (no, not Pudsey), the first TV appeal is called Children’s Hour Christmas Appeal.
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!
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.
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).
Pudsey is given his own scent on Boots shelves – unique his ’n’ hers fragrances called Hug.
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.
Pudsey goes grey, as Boots collaborates with Fearne Cotton on an exclusive bear and matching ears.
The BBC Children in Need merch on offer this year at Boots†
This paid of New Blush Glow-In-The-Dark Ears £2.50 will help you Go Bright For BBC Children in NeedIn store only
These cute Pudsey and Blush bears have glow-in-the-dark ears and special adoption certificates in a presentation box. New Adopt A Bear Pudsey and Blush Boots Exclusive £10 eachIn store only
Perk up your keys with this on-trend New Pompom style Keyring £3.50In store only
Wear your New Pudsey Pin Badge, £1, with pride, on every outfitIn store only
*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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*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.