BBC Children in Need

From after school clubs to toddler sessions, Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver numerous programmes in partnership with BBC Children in Need.

To celebrate the run up to Children in Need day, Friday 13th November, two 20 minute zoom sessions for Blackpool based Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) schools were conducted by BBC Radio Lancashire. The schools involved were Woodlands School on Wednesday and Park Academy on Thursday, with the Community Trust acting as an intermediary, between the radio station and the schools.

The host of the Zoom session was Steve Royle, finalist of Britain’s Got Talent. He entertained the children with his trademark comedy and juggling skills. Also joining him was the famous Pudsey Bear who has been the mascot for Children in Need for 35 years.

A pupil of Woodlands, Jessica Rees, said That man was very funny, I loved seeing Pudsey, he was hiding from him”.

Mrs Craig, a teacher at Woodlands said, “The children absolutely loved it.  Steve was so engaging he managed to captivate all our children who were fascinated by it all. Thank you very much”

Paul, Community Trust Disability Inclusion officer, said “Thank you to BBC Radio Lancashire, Steve Royle and Pudsey Bear for putting this event on, and thank you to Woodlands and Park for engaging.

It was great that everyone could adapt and get involved with an event, via an online platform, to celebrate and increase the awareness of the amazing work BBC Children in Need do. 

It’s a privilege being one of the 3,900 local charities that Children in Need fund. We wouldn’t be able to work alongside the current five SEND schools we work with, offering sports activities and an event like this, if it weren’t for the funding we receive from Children in Need.” 

Today Bloomfield Bear visited Woodlands School in his Pudsey t-shirt. He had a great time meeting and dancing with the children and teachers.

Teacher, Miss Natalie said, “It was fantastic all the children loved it and joined in really well.”

Leyland, a pupil said, “I couldn’t believe it, I had a great time and I love the bear.”

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