By Richard Lawrence-Allen
One of the nation’s most beloved and highly anticipated charity events every year is easily the BBC’s broadcast of Children in Need. Originating in November 1980, BBC Children in Need is an annual telethon mixing fundraising and special televised entertainment events in order to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
The fundraising for Children in Need doesn’t stop just at celebrities on TV however; people from all across the country take part in sponsored events and challenges to help do their part for the telethon, many of which are broadcast by the BBC, many others which are not. All in all, over the 38 years that Children in Need has been running, over £1 billion pounds has been raised to date, making a huge difference to all of the welfare projects that the charity supports. In the last year alone, the lives of over 589 000 disadvantaged young people have been changed for the better with the help of Children in Need. Wanting to do our part too, we planned our own event too!
Probably the most easily recognisable image for this event is that of Children in Need’s furry little yellow mascot, Pudsey Bear, a lovable character and spokes-bear for the charity, designed in 1985 by graphic designer Joanna Lane. An adorable teddy bear seems like the perfect representative for a children’s charity, and over 30 years on remains just as cuddly and as cherished as he always has. Pudsey has even been joined now by a female friend, a brown bear named Blush to keep him company! Taking these cuddly mascots and the fast approaching winter as inspiration, we decided that this would be the perfect occasion to get nice and cosy in the office and hold an office-wide pyjama day!
For a small donation, staff were welcomed into the office wearing their favourite PJs or onesies and settled in for a comfy and calm shift on the phones.
Being a contact centre full of performers, several members of staff took this pyjama day as a challenge to get creative and we saw some fantastic loungewear across in the building, from cuddy dragon and unicorn onesies, to a Victorian nightgown!
Here’s Account Manager Christina in her most adorable Puff the Magic Dragon pose!
Jonny is taking Customer Services back in time with is Victorian style nightgown!
All in all, we managed to raise a fantastic £163.45! For more information about the work that this donation will go towards and work that Children in Need do, check out their website here: https://bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/fundraisinghub