Followers of this blog will know that every year the BBC ONE Workplace team goes above and beyond to raise as much money as possible for BBC Children in Need. I can announce that since 2006, we have raised a staggering HALF A MILLION pounds!
Our 2011 campaign is in full swing and even in these tough times, support for our activities is getting stronger. We’ve already seen some wonderful fundraising – including our 210-mile cycling challenge Pedal for Pudsey (from which I have just about recovered).
Would you believe that since my last Pedal for Pudsey blog post, in which I reported we had raised nearly £18k, the total now stands at £26,743.52! This is an amazing start to this year’s appeal and with this initial boost I have high hopes that we can increase on last year’s total.
The big Children in Need night itself is just around the corner (Friday 18 November 2011) and Workplace staff are rising to the challenge, organising activities. Plans are well underway for this year’s One Workplace Gala Dinner which will take place at BBC Television Centre the night before on Thursday 17 November. The evening will offer a rare and, possibly, last chance to enjoy an evening of live entertainment, dining and dancing in this iconic venue, now on the market.
We’ve also launched the Pizza for Pudsey competition – staff can compete to get their perfect pizza made and sold in BBC catering outlets. Entrants have until this Friday to submit their recipe and be judged by an expert panel.
I am proud of all that we have achieved to date, and proud of the way the Workplace colleagues are working together to make a difference to others.
So as ONE Workplace teams across the country are gearing up to don their spots and Pudsey and Blush ears, I wish good luck to everyone in the coming weeks as you shake your buckets for Pudsey!