Pudsey returns for Children in Need

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Yes, it's that time of year again... Pudsey Bear is back to help raise money for Children in Need's 2009 campaign. This year, the live show will take place on Friday 20 November and there will be the usual fun and games courtesy of Terry Wogan and friends along with the serious message behind the appeal.

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Last year, BBC Children in Need raised over £38 million to provide support to thousands of children and young people under the age of 18. Those with mental, physical or sensory disabilities, behavioural or psychological disorders, those who are suffering through distress, abuse or neglect and the many children living in poverty will all benefit from the pennies we donate and the live BBC show is essential in raising our awareness to the plight of the many disadvantaged children in the country.

But there are many ways to get involved in the charity; by organising your own events, gaining sponsorship or by simply donating to the cause. Fundraising packs with ideas and toolkits are available via the Children in Need website, as are ideas for activities and games for schools and, of course, plenty of Pudsey related goodies.

Of course, the celebrities will be out in force to show their support and no doubt the stars of a variety of BBC shows will be planning their own surprises. So whether you're at work or on a night out, at home or at school, Do Something Different as Pudsey suggests and help to make life just a little easier for the less fortunate children in the UK.

Have you got something special planned for Children in Need? If so, let us know.