One of the show’s many appeals
Annual appeals – and watching the fund-raising Totaliser light up towards its target – have been a highlight since December 1962. Viewers were asked to collect items such as stamps, coins and scrap metal, which could be recycled and sold to raise money for a good cause.
In even-numbered years this would be for a charity abroad; in odd-numbered years for one in the UK.
The first nationwide “Blue Peter” Bring and Buy Sale was in 1979.