Sophie Ellis Bextor, Giovanna Fletcher and Katie Piper leading stars in the 2021 Children In Need

It’s supported numerous charities helping disadvantaged children around the UK.

And Sophie Ellis Bextor, Giovanna Fletcher and Katie Piper have led the stars coming together once again for the Children In Need fundraising campaign which aims to inspire the nation to show their support for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.

Sporting in an array of the yellow merchandise for the charity ahead of its Appeal Show celebrities including Ade Adepitan MBE, Professor Green, Ella Henderson, Lady Leshurr, Nikki Lilly, Laura Whitmore and Joe Wicks MBE share their personal experiences relating to issues such as mental health, poverty, disability and bereavement. 

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It’s back! Sophie Ellis Bextor, Giovanna Fletcher and Katie Piper lead stars coming together once again for the Children In Need fundraising campaign which aims to inspire the nation to show their support for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK

In the candid short films the celebs aim to show children facing disadvantages that they’re not alone and to give them hope that things can get better.   

The stars aim to provide advice, reassurance and hope for those facing unimaginable challenges, reinforcing the message that together, we can show that there are better days ahead.    

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Speaking about challenges she faced in childhood Giovanna said: I would say there were various times throughout my life that I felt were challenging for different reasons, as a child growing up I always wanted to be excepted and liked, that brought with it various different challenges because I was always going after friendships with the wrong people just to make them like me.’ 

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Great cause; Sporting in an array of the yellow merchandise for the charity ahead of its Appeal Show celebrities including Ade Adepitan MBE, Professor Green, Ella Henderson, Lady Leshurr, Nikki Lilly, Laura Whitmore and Joe Wicks MBE share their personal experiences relating to issues such as mental health, poverty, disability and bereavement

Powerful: The stars aim to provide advice, reassurance and hope for those facing unimaginable challenges, reinforcing the message that together, we can show that there are better days ahead

Speaking about challenges he faced in childhood Giovanna said: ‘As a child growing up I always wanted to excepted and liked that brought with it various different challenges because I was always going after friendships with the wrong people just to make them like me’

Meanwhile Professor Green added: ‘When I was a kid, the phrase ‘mental health’ wasn’t something that you heard anywhere. 

There was no help really, and I didn’t know how to ask for it because I didn’t really understand what I was feeling myself.’ 

Professor Green also offered some words of advice to others facing challenges relating to poverty and mental health.

‘You are resilient and you are strong. Open up and tell someone how you’re feeling. Do not suffer in silence. Never suffer in silence.’ 

In Joe Wicks also reflected on his childhood, saying: ‘As a child, I grew up in a household with two parents who both experienced mental health issues and as young kid, I was scared and confused. 

Great work! Radio DJ and television presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams (R), broadcaster Anita Rani (centre) and singer Ella Henderson joined the slew of stars in this years campaign

Ade Adepitan MBE reflected on living with a disability and how support from BBC Children in Need made a difference to his childhood, saying: ‘BBC Children in Need put money towards one of my first basketball wheelchairs and it totally changed my life

Adorable: Among this year’s charity merchandise is the signature Pudsey Bear ears and this year’s logo charity t-shirt

‘There are millions of children across the UK living with parents with mental health issues and you’re not alone. 

‘It’s not your fault and things are going to get better, that’s the most important thing to know, that however you’re feeling today, it’s temporary. 

‘Together, we can help children and young people across the UK know that they are not alone, and that we are here for them.’ 

Ade Adepitan MBE reflected on living with a disability and how support from BBC Children in Need made a difference to his childhood, saying: ‘BBC Children in Need put money towards one of my first basketball wheelchairs and it totally changed my life. 

I probably wouldn’t have achieved half the things that I’ve done in my life if it wasn’t for that chair. Together, we can help more children and young people across the UK realise their dreams.’ 

Cute: Stars including Ore Oduba were sporting merchandise from this year’s campaign

Good work! Among stars coming out in support of the cause is rapper and singer songwriter Lady Leshurr

We can! his year’s campaign sees an array of stars encouraging their fans that together, we can change the lives of young people by fundraising in honour of Children In Need

The Covid-19 crisis has sadly left many children and young people across the UK facing the complexities of bereavement. 

A UK-wide survey of 1008 parents and 1000 children and young people shed light on the impact of the past eighteen months.

The shocking results revealed 1 in 3 children surveyed feel their lives have become worse through out the pandemic. 

But thanks to donations from the UK public, Children in Need is currently funding 80 projects supporting bereaved children and young people across the UK to a value of £6m.

This year’s campaign sees an array of stars encouraging their fans that together, we can change the lives of young people by fundraising in honour of Children In Need. 

The campaign leads up to the annual telethon which airs on BBC One Friday 19 November.

In Joe Wicks also reflected on his childhood, saying: ‘As a child, I grew up in a household with two parents who both experienced mental health issues and as young kid, I was scared and confused

Coming soon! Nikki Lilly supports the campaign which airs on BBC One Friday 19 November