The fam­i­lies we’re help­ing want to help them­selves. That’s what’s so mov­ing

BBC per­son­al­i­ties re­veal why they’re Team Pud­sey as TV’s big­gest char­ity ex­trav­a­ganza tar­gets record to­tal

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - JACKIE BIRD

She may be a Chil­dren in Need vet­eran, but the emo­tional tales still hit Jackie Bird hard.

“The most poignant mo­ments are al­ways of the char­i­ties, the chil­dren and the fam­i­lies,” says Jackie, who reck­ons she’s been in­volved for at least the past 17 years.

“I’ve wob­bled so of­ten when I see the films that are made. I ac­tu­ally need to watch them in ad­vance.

“You sim­ply can’t see one when you are un­pre­pared for it. So I watch them in ad­vance, do what­ever I need to do, and then I’m ready to in­tro­duce them on the night.”

Jackie has been touched by many of those she has met through the years, in­clud­ing young­sters who have needed respite care and have then gone on to be­come car­ers them­selves.

And fam­i­lies of chil­dren with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses. They are so sto­ical and even funny.

“And they are of­ten rais­ing money them­selves, they don’t just sit and take and feel sorry for them­selves,” she ex­plained.

“That’s what moves you and is why do­ing Chil­dren In Need is such an an­ti­dote to be­ing in­volved in news which is so of­ten about man’s in­hu­man­ity to man.”

Jackie will get a first-hand look at where the money goes to­mor­row on a visit to a rid­ing school for chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

There is al­ways plenty of en­ter­tain­ment on hand dur­ing Chil­dren In Need, with Jackie par­tic­u­larly re­call­ing one mu­si­cal high­light.

“Dougray Scott and my­self were on stage do­ing back­ing vo­cals for The Pro­claimers, how’s that for some­thing to brag about?”

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