Alnwick Garden to help raise money for children

Pudsey Bear, The March Hare, The Hatter and The Topiary Potheads toast the announcement of The Alnwick Garden as the official host to the live BBC North East and Cumbria television broadcast of Children in Need 2012. Picture by Margaret Whittaker.
Pudsey Bear, The March Hare, The Hatter and The Topiary Potheads toast the announcement of The Alnwick Garden as the official host to the live BBC North East and Cumbria television broadcast of Children in Need 2012. Picture by Margaret Whittaker.

The Alnwick Garden will be the official host to the live BBC North East and Cumbria television broadcast for the 2012 Children in Need annual fund-raising night.

On Friday, November 16, the

visitor attraction will open its doors from 6pm to 10pm free of charge, inviting visitors to a spectacular After Dark Tea Party.

The special event will feature an abundance of entertainment and the chance to meet Pudsey Bear.

It promises to be an evening to remember.

Claire Byers, creative director at the Garden, said: “We are delighted to host BBC North East and Cumbria’s Children in Need fund-raising event this year.

“As a charity itself, the Garden is enabled by funders such as Children in Need to create extraordinary experiences for children of all backgrounds – so this is a wonderful way to help put something back.

“The Garden will be free of charge but we will be putting on plenty of fun family activities throughout the evening to encourage people to donate on the night to swell the coffers for Pudsey.”

During the evening, a live satellite link-up will bring together children’s choirs from across the country as part of the television appeal for Children in Need.

The North East will offer a choir made up of 200 youths selected from across the region, who will give a performance on the night for the crowds gathered in the Garden.

See the Garden’s website – www.alnwickgarden.com – over the coming weeks for further details.

BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity.

Money raised for the cause goes towards helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

For more information about Children in Need, visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b