So, it's that time of year again - news readers doing dance routines, weather forecasters dressed up as cartoon characters and people up and down the country submitting themselves to public waxings or other outrageous humiliations. All in a good cause.
If you haven't the courage or the time to have your chest waxed or sit in a bath of beans for half a day don't worry. There are other simpler, less painful ways to give. Like this, for example:
This year, as a first for any charity, supporters can give directly through the Official Pudsey Bear Facebook page and every donation goes towards 'baking' the world's biggest digital cake! Donations of £1, £5, £10 and £20 go towards baking decorations, icing, fillings and tiers and there are already plenty to see, including some special layers featuring exclusive footage from The One Show, EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing, and The Graham Norton Show plus special footage of the BBC Children in Need POP Goes the Musical performances from the London’s West End.
What, as they say, could be simpler? It's certainly a lot less messy than the baked beans. And on a not unrelated subject you might remember that, this time last year, my own charity-fundraising publishing initiative Dotterel Press released it's first title, an anthology of simply awesome new writing by the most talented and gifted writing students on my creative writing e-course. And, if you were inspired by what you read, you could follow their example and follow the course yourself, contained in the book's appendix.
There are still some copies of Tiny Acorns left, now at the bargain price of just £5 post-free from our own online store. And EVERY PENNY of that will be going to Children in Need. I reckon we've got approaching fifty copies left, so that could be a not-inconsiderable £250 by the time they've all gone. If you haven't got yours yet, what better time could there be - you save approximately half the price and Children in Need get all the money. And if you did buy one last year, maybe you'd like to buy one as a gift for a friend? Especially one who'd like to take up creative writing.
You can order a copy a this special price right here and you can find out more about it here.
Again, it's got to be better than baked-bean bathing or chest-hair waxing.