A nation with a huge heart when it comes to charity


By Sue Palmer from the Volunteer Centre at Bossard House, West Street, Leighton Buzzard...

It’s easy to moan about the UK. The weather, traffic systems and taxes are just a few things that add to the frustrations of the Great British public.

But there are so many things we are great at; in particular we are a nation with a huge heart.

I am amazed at how quickly we roll up our sleeves and get involved when it comes to raising funds for charity.

We are easily moved by those whose circumstances are less fortunate than our own, and particularly when it concerns children.

So, it’s no wonder that every year in October and November, Britain unites, puts on yellow furry ears, and takes part in challenges that range from traditional to the completely bonkers, all to raise money for Children in Need.

Children in Need started life as a five-minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day, 1927 appealing for donations which were then split between four children’s charities. Now a household name, the charity supports 2,700 projects for children around the UK.

This year’s live telethon will be broadcast on BBC1 on November 14, with a ‘Be a Hero’ theme. Visit the website www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk for resources, ideas and all things ‘Pudsey’ to help you get involved.

On a more local scale, we are currently looking for volunteers to help a Leighton Buzzard school celebrate their recent success.

Volunteers are being sought for a mass daffodil planting at St George’s School in East Street, where staff and pupils have put in a brilliant effort to achieve a ‘good’ report by Ofsted.

The school has lovely playing fields and acres of open grass, and to celebrate its success with Ofsted the school plans to plant hundreds of bulbs in early November, so that pupils can look forward to a ‘host of golden daffodils’ every spring.

Anyone who is interested in giving a hand would be very welcome and should contact the Volunteer Centre for more information.

Call 01525 850559 or email volunteer@action-centralbeds.org.uk.