Family Fund was honoured to be part of BBC Children in Need’s Appeal Night on Friday 16 November.

Since July, Family Fund Group has been delivering BBC Children in Need’s Emergency Essentials Programme, which supports individual children and young people living with severe poverty, a lack of the basic facilities which most of us take for granted and who face additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

This was featured on the BBC Children in Need appeal show with Sue Johnston telling the story of Jez, a 16 year-old boy with significant caring responsibilities who had been left without a bed to sleep in or an oven to cook with. The Emergency Essentials Programme provided him with a new oven and a bed to sleep in, making a start in getting him and his family back on their feet.

Cheryl Ward, Group Chief Executive of Family Fund said, “Congratulations to BBC Children in Need for a record-breaking evening on Friday.  It was our privilege to attend the live show and be part of such a special and vital occasion for children and young people across the UK, as well as meeting some of the incredible families and project workers who play a crucial role in supporting children and young people across the UK. 

“BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme is a critical source support and we are working hard to reach as many referrers who are working with children and young people in crisis as possible.”

Since June, we have helped with over 4,800 grant items to children in crisis through the Emergency Essentials Programme. 

If you work with children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, click here to register as a referrer and find out more about this programme.