Children in Need returns to our screens on Friday November 18 for a night of ‘SPOTacular’ events.

But what is it, why is it so important, and how can you help?

What is Children in Need (CiN)?

CiN is an annual fundraising event broadcast by the BBC which raises money for charities that support children around the UK.

Their vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

The money raised helps to support over 2,300 local charities and projects across the UK.

Last year they raised £51m – but will they be able to beat that target this year?

Credit: BBC CiN

When is it?

CiN will air live BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Friday November 18 at 7.30pm.

What happens on the night?

Each year the show features a range of exciting musical performances, TV specials, fundraisers, and sketches from fan favourite stars.

This year there will be an episode of Blankety Blank presented by Bradley Walsh and a special edition of The Weakest Link hosted by Romesh Ranganathan.

DIY SOS Children in Need special. Credit: BBC CiN

Lewis Capaldi, Keane, and Diversity will be providing musical performances on the night.

Who will be hosting?

This year the appeal night show is being hosted by Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, Ade Adepital, Jason Manford and Alex Scott.

Chris Ramsey said: “I’ve personally visited BBC Children in Need funded projects and seen first-hand how funding from the British public makes such a huge difference to children and young people in local communities. 

Host Chris Ramsay. Credit: BBC CiN

“Right now when the cost of living crisis is causing more children and families to feel anxious about their futures, money raised through the 2022 Appeal will enable the charity to provide vital frontline support workers for children in communities across the UK.”

What is the history of Children in Need?

It first aired in 1980 and was famously hosted by Sir Terry Wogan for more than 30 years, up until his last show in 2014.

Five years after it first aired, CiN introduced their mascot bear, Pudsey. While today he is yellow, back then he looked a little different, with brown fur.

Since it began, Children in Need has raised £1.5 billion for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. 

Pudsey Bear and Sir Terry Wogan. Credit: BBC CiN

Each year, a child is awarded with the Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year award, which was created after he passed away in 2016.

How can you help?

There are lots of fun ways to get involved and fundraise money to help children and young people all over the UK who need it most.

From sponsored walks to fancy dress and SPOTacular bake sales, there are so many ways you can get involved to help raise money.

If you want to get involved with raising money for Children in Need then you can download a fundraising pack here.

Credit: BBC CiN

Lots of schools across the country will also be hosting fundraising events such as non-uniform days so make sure to check what yours is doing. 

How can you donate?

You can donate online here or text FIVE to 70701 to donate £5 – but make sure to check with your parents and guardians first.