Pudsey and Ospreys "Scrum Together"

BBC Children in Need’s 2016 fundraising campaign is back, and players from Ospreys Rugby are asking people across Wales to Do Your Thing and get fundraising for the Charity.

As this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal draws closer, iconic mascot Pudsey paid a visit to Llandarcy Academy of Sport to meet with Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Eli Walker, Dan Baker, James King and Sam Underhill.

The players are encouraging fans to get involved with the Do Your Thing fundraising campaign and show their support for the charity.

James King said: “We’re so pleased to be able to support BBC Children in Need at Ospreys Rugby. We want to see the people of Wales doing your thing to fundraise this year, whether you organise a charity rugby match or ‘get your ears on’ to share a selfie on social media. Your support will help make a difference to disadvantaged young lives here in Wales!”

There are plenty of ways to ‘Do Your Thing’ and fundraise for BBC Children in Need. From fancy dress to fun runs, facing a fear or taking on a once in a lifetime challenge, holding a bake sale or completing a sponsored silence, everyone can turn the thing they most fancy doing into an amazing fundraiser.

In Wales, BBC Children in Need currently funds 159 projects to the value of £8.4million. Surfability UK CIC, in Swansea, receives BBC Children in Need funding to provide surfing sessions for disabled children and young people. The project uses innovative ways to promote inclusion in surfing; Tandem Surfboards, Surfing Helmets, Buoyancy Aids and Beach Access Wheelchairs making the ocean an inclusive environment for all young people to enjoy. The sessions will help to improve their fitness, build friendships and increase their confidence and self-esteem.

BBC Children in Need will return to screens on Friday 18th November on BBC One. The official fundraising pack is available for download from bbc.co.uk/Pudsey and is packed with ideas to help the public with their fundraising efforts, plus lots of exclusive content from the Charity’s celebrity friends. To date the Great British public has raised £845 million for children and young people across the UK and the Charity is calling on people to once again pull out the stops and to help raise money to change young lives!