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Changing lives

Across the UK

We put the money raised by you, the great British public, to work all year round in communities right across the UK.

We fund local charities and projects who help remove the barriers that are facing children and young people, so that they can thrive.

We work closely with a whole range of organisations so we can understand where the need is greatest, ensuring the money you raise goes to supporting the young people that need us most.

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Our focus on mental health

Find out about the impact of the pandemic on mental health and how we’re using your donations to support those who need it most right now across the UK.

Last year we supported over 550,000 children and young people affected by a whole range of disadvantages such as poverty, disability, illness, distress or trauma. We also help ensure that every young person has access to the opportunities they deserve.

Here is just a snapshot of the positive changes we’ve been able to make happen, with the help of the 3,900 local charities and projects we fund.

Of the children and young people supported by the projects we fund, children and young people…

261,000 have stronger self-belief

256,000 enjoy better relationships

182,000 have increased essential skills

174,000 have stronger emotional wellbeing

117,000 are more empowered

101k have better physical wellbeing

54,000 are safer

Discover how BBC Children in Need works

Find out about how BBC Children in Need works and how your money is spent

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