It’s that time of year again (not Christmas just yet) but BBC Children in Need
Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the public, they are able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.
Their vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is Safe, Happy and Secure which allows them to reach their potential by providing grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.
The BBC host Children in Need once a year in November, the Appeal show is a whole evening of entertainment on BBC One with celebrities singing, dancing, and doing all sorts of crazy things to help raise money.
Now everybody knows Pudsey, he is BBC Children in Need’s official mascot and has been helping children in the UK since 1985! You will have seen him on merchandise all over the country in the run up to Children in Need as he hit our High Streets and supermarkets.
Following the success of last year’s campaign that sold over 11,500 bears, Build-A-Bear Workshop has teamed up with BBC Children in Need once again to give people the opportunity to make their beary own Pudsey and Blush Bear.
Pudsey and Blush Bear are back and now available at Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores nationwide.
Pudsey and Blush fans are able to make their beary own BBC Children in Need mascot at any of 55 Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores across the UK with £5 from the sale of each Pudsey and Blush Bear going directly back to the national charity Appeal. Blush Bear who is Pudsey’s ‘BBF’, likes playing the drums and dancing and is on hand to help Pudsey with his busy fundraising schedule, lending him a well needed paw when he needs it. Blush loves to have fun and comes with magnetic paws to help her cover her rosy cheeks.
New for this year is a furbulous Pudsey, who has been re-designed to feature a beary cute spotted heart, a t-shirt with an all new BBC Children in Need design and a bear-illiant pair of Pudsey slippers and pyjamas. Blush has had a make-over too with a beary pretty new pinafore dress. An additional £1 from the sale of the t-shirt, slippers, pyjamas and dress will also be donated back to the charity.
In 2010, Build-A-Bear Workshop donated a bear-illiant £135,000 to BBC Children in Need through the sale of Pudsey and Blush Bear and this year they’re hoping to do even better with the addition of new clothing for the furry pair. Every penny raised helps to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.
Build-A-Bear Workshop is based on the premise that nearly everyone, regardless of age, has a special fondness for stuffed animals. When Guests visit Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, they enter a light-hearted teddy-bear-themed environment. Guests are now be able to make and stuff their beary own Pudsey and Blush Bear, add a heart – a Build-A-Bear Workshop trademark – and if they choose, dress them in pawsome outfits.
Guests can also play together online for free with their new furry friends at Bearville.com™, the company’s virtual world and entertainment destination. Guests who purchase a Pudsey or Blush Bear can also register them at Bearville.com.
“We are absolutely delighted to be partnered with such a worthy cause like BBC Children in Need again and with the addition of Blush Bear and a limited edition Pudsey Bear, we hope this year supersedes the previous year’s campaigns”, said Build-A-Bear Workshop Founder and Chief Executive Bear, Maxine Clark. “Giving back to the community and helping children and families is a core value at Build-A-Bear Workshop and is at the very heart of our brand”.
“We are very excited to be working with Build-A-Bear Workshop for the fourth year running. Children are at the heart of our charity and it’s wonderful for kids and adults alike to be able to make their very own Pudsey and Blush Bear mascot”, says Carrie Green, Partnership Manager for BBC Children in Need.
I was given the opportunity to review our very own Pudsey and being a big kid myself I was excited to receive Pudsey. We (I) love the Build-A-Bear Workshop and have a lovely collection of bears for Isabelle. Now we can add Pudsey to that collection.
Along came our tester, Isabelle is now a very nosey child so as soon as we received our parcel she was straight over to investigate and give him kisses (she’s such a tart).
Pudsey was taken away from my Inspection and straight into the arms of my little monkey. Whilst I pulled the tags off him Isabelle was having a good look and stroking his yellow fur. Followed by her giving him a cuddle and declaring “aawwhh baba” He has been on many adventures with us so far including trips to the supermarket and park but not wanting to get him overly dirty before the big day (November 18th) we tried to keep him inside as much as possible.
Isabelle involves Pudsey in most of her activities and has even taken him for rides on her toys.
He is big hit here, with his soft yellow fur, cheeky smile and rather fetching blue pyjamas he has become one of her favourite soft toys. I love the idea that you can go into a Build-A-Bear Workshop and watch your very own bear being made. For children that must be magical
You to can support the cause by purchasing a Pudsey or Blush Bear from any Build-A-Bear Workshop store nationwide or from the company’s website at www.buildabear.co.uk.
Pudsey Bear retails at £15; Pudsey Bear t-shirt at £5; Pudsey Bear Pyjamas at £10 and the Pudsey Bear slippers at £4.50 each. Blush Bear retails at £15; Blush Bear t-shirt at £5; and the Blush Bear dress at £10 each.
You can visit the Children in Need website here