BBC Children in Need

What Is It All About?

With your much needed support, BBC Children in Need makes a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right across the UK. By simply purchasing a Carfest ticket you’re already helping change lives - thank you!

Right now, we’re supporting over 2,400 projects within local communities to help 480,000 children who have physical, sensory or mental disabilities, behavioral or psychological disorders, who are living in poverty or situations of deprivation, or are suffering through illness, distress, abuse or neglect.There are thousands of children whose lives have been changed by projects supported by you through BBC Children in Need, and here’s just one of them...

Tayen's Story


Eight and a half miles from CarFest South, there’s a BBC Children in Need funded project that’s supporting dozens of children and young people with visual impairments. Children like three-year-old book lover Tayen who has Neurofibromatosis.

For Tayen, Christmas comes more than once a year.  It comes whenever the postman delivers another box from the charity, Living Paintings. As she unwraps it, the box reveals another of her favourite children’s books about Elmer, Peppa Pig or Spot the Dog.  But she can’t see the books to read them because tumours have damaged her vision.

The joy of these creations is that they have been painstakingly adapted with bumpy, embossed 3D and ‘lift the flap’ sections so that she can feel her way through the story. They also come with a memory stick that’s uploaded with specially written audio descriptions of what she might like to visualise as the story is revealed.  

Tayen (or ‘Tots’ as she’s known) lost her vision a year ago and is having chemotherapy to stabilise the tumours affecting her brain and optic nerves.  She’s a bundle of joy - a testament to her mum Kali’s sunny outlook and to the support she gets from her twin older brothers Connor and Lucus, aged seven, and eldest brother Matthew, nine, who all read to her.

Kali said: “Living Paintings has allowed Tots to rediscover her love for books again. Tayen loves to sit with a book and her brothers will talk to her about what they can see and what she’s feeling on the pages, helping her to make connections and encouraging sibling bonding. She is able to make up her own stories about what she’s feeling and loves to listen to us reading to her.  Before her full vision loss, Tots loved to look at books and I thought that love had gone with her sight, but Living Paintings have given her a new way to explore and discover. They are fantastic.”


Your Donations

Your donations have enabled BBC Children in Need to give Living Paintings a grant of £10,000 over a year to pay for Library Coordinator Sue. She’s the person at the end of the phone or email who helps to fund just the right book that children like Tots are looking for.  Then, volunteers pack up the books and accessories and post them off, all for free. 

More than 200 volunteer artists, script writers and actors lend their time, skills and services free of charge to create the books and recordings in the first place, once the original author has given permission for their work to be specially adapted.

Camilla Oldlands, Chief Executive of the organisation, said: “A key to the success of our work is the direct links we have with our childre?n enabling us to provide them with exactly what they individually need during our relationship with them, which will last throughout their childhood.  As an outreach service achieving this requires a significant investment of energy, care and attention and ?we are delighted to have been successful in applying for the salary costs of the person whose job it is to proactively engage with each child to make sure their needs are met."

Living Paintings is the only charity in the UK that designs, creates and publishes tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. They call them Touch to See books and they publish titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult, to provide education and life-long learning, enhance lifestyle and support leisure interests.  

There are an estimated 20,000 blind and partially sighted children under the age of 16 in the UK.

How You Help

Buying a ticket for CarFest means that you are helping children like Tayen all over the UK. So you can have a fantastic few days of music, cars and food whilst making a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged children.

CarFest donates 25% of the ticket revenue to BBC Children in Need plus with other fundraising activity the CarFest Festivals have raised a whopping £7.4 million so far!  Every penny from the money you raise or donate to BBC Children in Need is spent right here in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

For more information about what we do and where, or to donate directly to BBC Children in Need with whatever you can, please visit the website or follow us on social media to see how Pudsey and the team make a difference all year round.

Our Sponsors & Partners

  • Honda
  • BP
  • Audi
  • Hot Wheels
  • Peugeot