Children In Need


Mummy says….

‘I am sat watching another fantastic evening of Children In Need, and again I am thanking my lucky stars for the blessings I have.

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Pickle in 2013

At this time of year, it is so easy to get caught up in the frenzy leading up to Christmas – me included. Dashing around, looking for inspiration for gift ideas, what to buy, who wants what. Worrying like mad how I will afford it all, where will the money come from.

Watching TV with Pickle, the channels crammed with adverts for amazing toys, games, books etc. His little eyes shining, glued to the screen – ‘Please can you get me that Mumma?’ he asks at least a dozen times. He is too little to understand what it is all about yet, but he is very excited – as are we. With Pickle’s arrival after a ten year gap, came renewal of everything magical that would have faded somewhat with all the other children of the family being teens now.

We are loving his wonder, his excitement, his new questioning of ‘Who is Santa? Where does he live?’ His understanding, as he has just turned three, that following ‘his birthday’ it must be ‘his Christmas!’ He is answering anyone who asks what he would like for ‘my Christmas!’ So cute!

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Pickle in 2013 and this year

Watching Children In Need brings it home that not all families are as blessed as us. Some children are facing massive challenges, and I sit here in tears at the stories of little ones who are very poorly, have lost their sight and worse. God bless them.

So, as I think of my beautiful healthy children, of MeeMee who has travelled to Brighton for a few days, of Lea, upstairs relaxing after a busy week or so of GCSE’s and assessments, of Luke, glued to his iPad giggling at some Netflix series, and of Pickle, fast asleep in his bed I give thanks silently for my health, my family and their health. It doesn’t matter what presents will be bought – or not, we have each other.’

Do you watch Children in Need?




  1. I’ve only watched a bit of it, as an ex NSPCC kid some of the stories hit me a bit hard.
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  2. We watched some of it, and I had tears in my eyes with the stories, and like you I was thankful, we did not watch it all as planned as we ended up watching the news
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  3. Christmas is all about the kids, their joy is infectious 🙂 I love it!
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  4. Yes I watch children in need although I feel that it was overshadowed last night in the light of what happened in Paris. They still raised a fantastic amount of money. I always feel very guilty this time of year as I write endless lists of what to buy people and the realise there’s people in awful situations that hate this time of year. I always try and help out in some way x
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  5. I just cant watch it, same with shows about animals, it just brings me to tears x
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  6. I never get to watch it as work the call centre :0)
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  7. I tried to get Olivia to watch it as I think it was beneficial to her to see that she has so much more than other children and maybe make her think twice about asking for the stuff she does constantly!
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  8. We watched it until we went to bed – it always makes me realise how strong and brave people can be and how lucky we are. It can be difficult watching in places but we watch every year
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  9. We missed it this year due to the hectic newborn haze and I am so disappointed! I have explained to my daughter about it but wish we had watched it together! x

  10. I loved watching Children in Need this year, my friend is in Bend it Like Beckham so it was great to see her on there xxx

  11. I don’t have kids yet, but I watch Children in Need every year, and it makes me realise how lucky I am.
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  12. I don’t watch children in need but I think it’s lovely that people support charities that help children, I choose to donate directly to local children’s charities instead.
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  13. Love their ears, children in need upsets me far to much to watch it, although I happily donate x
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  14. I have to admit I didn’t watch Children in Need this year – though I do always try and support them in some way. x
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  15. No I didn’t, never seen it actually. I support in other ways. Thumbs up for a lovely post.
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  16. I watched some of it and it did bring tears to my eyes and made me realise how much I have to be thankful for, and how strong and resilient people are.
    I love the cute little ears the kids have! I got myself a pair for work this year 😀

  17. We watched some of it and it always reduces me to tears some of the stories are heartbreaking and I always hug the children a little tighter thankful for every one of them xx
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  18. No, I don’t really watch this programme but only becuase i dont watch tv very often 🙂
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  19. We didn’t watch it this year but I’ll be making sure Oscar watches next year when I can explain to him what it’s all about 🙂

    Louise x
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