Children in Need are spending £9.2m on 159 projects in Wales

The BBC Children in Need charity has spent £9.2m on 159 active projects in Wales in the last year – helping 20,000 disadvantaged children.

Since the first major appeal in 1980, more than £840m has been raised to help children in the UK.

Pyjama parties, leg waxing and carwash karaoke are among the many fundraisers taking place across Wales on Friday to raise money for this year’s event.

The annual telethon at 19:30 GMT on BBC One has live broadcasts from Swansea.

The charity aims for every child in the UK to have a safe, happy and secure childhood to help them reach their potential.

Children in Need support youngsters affected by:

  • Abuse or neglect
  • Bereavement
  • Illness and medical conditions
  • Poverty
  • Sexual abuse
  • Substance misuse
  • Disabilities
Wynne Evans

BBC Wales’ live broadcast of Children in Need will come from Swansea University‘s Great Hall.

BBC Radio Wales presenter and Welsh tenor Wynne Evans will host a night of entertainment and fundraising and will perform along with Baby Queens, Tenors of Rock, and Jodi Bird.

Jemma Wray, national head for Wales, BBC Children in Need, said: “We are delighted to be in Swansea for this year’s appeal show.

“BBC Children in Need supports a range of projects in the Swansea area that are helping to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

“We are always overjoyed by the support we receive from the Welsh public and hope this year is no different!”