It’s been a very long time since I was involved in Children in
Need myself – fronting it for BBC South West. To be honest, it was always a complete joy to see the fundraising and the outcome, but quite stressful to cope with the cold and the chaos.
Thermals were very often the order of the day and there
was usually an adrenaline overdose as a producer whispered into your earpiece “coming to you, Teresa” when you were, ahem, not quite expecting it!
These days I really enjoy watching the show "from the other side" with a glass of wine and a log fire. Inevitably - I always feel for all the current presenters and the production team. It’s a mammoth professional challenge to stage the show and - guys; you did a great job last night. But the real herograms, of course, go to the fundraisers and the amazing children and families who share their inspirational stories.
I particularly loved that so many films last night allowed the parents and the children to do all the talking themselves. These stories are not always easy to watch. But it is so very important to show the reality. What the fundraising is really for.
I am personally very passionate about the work that hospices do so I was especially touched to see excellent films explaining what these wonderful charities are truly about – namely helping children and their families to make the very most of precious time.
I worked for a time helping a Devon hospice for adult care with its PR work and I have rarely felt that my writing life has been more worthwhile. So – well done Children In Need.
A record-breaking total says a lot about the kindness out there.
Precious time, indeed. Pudsey – be proud.
Teresa Driscoll - journalist, author, mother of two and lover of great coffee.