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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 and young people who are facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. 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...




By buying a CarFest ticket, you will help children like Cieran…

Cieran was a happy, healthy baby just learning to walk at thirteen months old when he contracted Meningitis. He was seriously ill and spent eight months in hospital where he lost both legs below the knee.  

Cieran is now twelve years old and he’s worn prosthetics ever since, but the after-effects of his illness are still troubling him. Cieran has had several major operations and will need more treatment as he gets older, and at times this has been difficult for him and his family to cope with. 

Despite a difficult start, Cieran is not going to let his situation hold him back.

 Because of the huge amount of time Cieran’s spent in hospital and at home, he’s really missed out on forming friendships with other children. That’s why Northwich Multisports in Cheshire, is so important to him. It’s an inclusive activity club for disabled young people funded by BBC Children in Need. Cieran goes to weekly sessions where he can meet and play with other young people. Specialist coaches are on hand to organise sports, arts & crafts, cookery and outdoor activities and to make sure everyone’s happy and secure. The club has had a really positive impact on Cieran, he’s no longer isolated and it’s helped him make important lasting friendships. He says… “I enjoy being with other children with disabilities. It feels right. I understand what they feel like”.

Thanks to your donations, we can help more young people like Cieran to have fun and make friends in a safe, positive environment. 

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