Need some in­spi­ra­tion? Just put those bear ears on, get out there and do daft things

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - JU­DITH RALSTON

BBC Scot­land weather pre­sen­ter Ju­dith Ralston is switch­ing from the TV screen to the ra­dio air­waves for a Scot­land-wide Chil­dren In Need tour.

Start­ing to­mor­row, Ju­dith will travel all over the na­tion to see how the money raised is used and the peo­ple it helps.

She be­gins in Aberdeen and will tour nu­mer­ous schemes be­fore end­ing up in Glas­gow on Fri­day.

“The one thing that strikes me when I see th­ese set-ups is just how the in­di­vid­u­als are al­ways so mo­ti­vated and pos­i­tive,” said Ju­dith.

“That’s so in­spir­ing. I’ll be do­ing re­ports into the var­i­ous shows on Ra­dio Scot­land dur­ing the week and then chal­leng­ing some of the pre­sen­ters to do daft things when I’m back in Glas­gow.”

For­mer opera star Ju­dith has done plenty of daft things for the Chil­dren in Need cause over the years, in­clud­ing dress­ing up as Madonna.

That came dur­ing the high jinks of the an­nual fundrais­ing night at BBC Scot­land’s HQ.

“It was quite an out­fit and we had an­other night where we formed a band called Nae Di­rec­tion,” said Ju­dith. “It had my­self, Jackie Bird, John Beat­tie, Tom Urie and we did a cou­ple of songs.

“It was re­ally good fun and nice to do a few vo­cals again.” Char­ity does be­gin at home for Ju­dith with her kids, seven-year-old twins Max and Ge­or­gia, and Alexan­der, 16, big sup­port­ers. “They get in­volved and you see them walk­ing to school with their Pud­sey ears on. So many schools take part, which is lovely,” she said.

Ju­dith Ralston and Pud­sey at BBC Scot­land’s Glas­gow stu­dios

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