Big-hearted people across Hartlepool were today urged to back the Children in Need appeal – and the call for support came from the top.
Sir Terry Wogan is urging people in the town to get behind the 36th annual appeal and help change disadvantaged lives in the UK.
And to show the effect the money is already having, he highlighted two town causes which have benefited.
A grant of £59,237 went to local group Making a Difference, to be used over three years to help provide free and confidential counselling service to young people facing disadvantages, such as mental health issues, poverty and deprivation.
Harbour Support Services has just been awarded £120,566 to work with children and young people living in refuges across the Tees Valley, North Tyneside, Durham and Darlington.
Sir Terry said: “Each year we ask for the public to get behind BBC Children in Need and each year they surpass all our expectations.
“This year we’re hoping that the people of Hartlepool will come together once again and help support the cause.
“Thanks to your donations we’ve been able to support projects across the country working to benefit young lives, and you can see the money hard at work locally. These projects really do make a difference to local young lives.”
David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, added: “Whether it’s from local schools, workplaces or individuals, every year we hear from numerous fundraisers in Hartlepool who are all going the extra mile to support the bit to support the Charity. Thank you all for your support, you should feel very proud.”
The popular appeal is currently supporting about 2,500 projects that are working with children.
The BBC Children in Need Appeal returns to BBC One this Friday.
For further details on the charity, where the money goes, or how you can set about fundraising, visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey
The Hartlepool Mail also wants to hear of your local fundraising events for Children in Need.
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