This year BBC "Children in need" has launched an exciting fundraising campaign that is asking people across the country to follow their dreams to benefit the lives of disadvantaged youngsters.

A star-studded line-up

A fabulous line-up of famous faces have joined forces to support the Do Your Thing campaign, these include singer Frankie Bridge, Jim Chapman, TV Presenter Tess Daly, Carol Kirkwood, DJ Scott Mills, Alex Jones, Ore Oduba, Louise Pentland, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, Busted's Charlie Simpson and Matt Willis, Matt Baker, Ore Oduba, Rachel Stevens, Jim Chapman and You Tuber Joe Sugg.

This star-studded line-up is encouraging the nation to Do Your Thing and raise money for BBC Children in Need.

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly can't wait to see people get involved in the Do Your Thing Challenge: " People can anything that is fun to raise money. Children in Need is a cause close to my heart and it really does make such a difference to the lives of disadvantaged youngsters. Get involved."

TV host, Matt Baker told us: “Each year I see people across the country taking part in extraordinary challenges to fundraising for the BBC Children in Need appeal, and this year will be no exception! It can be anything from a huge cycle or anything you are passionate about like singing and dancing."

"Cannonball" presenter Frankie Bridge, confessed: "I am so pleased to be involved again in 2017.

It's a brilliant cause and a fun way to raise money for young people.

Channel passion to help the needy

BBC Children in Need Chief Executive Simon Antrobus told us: “ We are urging the population to work together to make a real difference to people's lives. If you can give Mary Berry a run for her money in the baking stakes or love dressing up, it's time to channel those passions to help the lives of disadvantaged youngsters."

This year fundraising appeal will take place on Friday 17th November and it is set to be a night to remember, with lots of crazy antics and one-off specials of our favourite TV programmes.

We wonder who will be shimmering across the dancefloor in "Strictly Come Dancing" and if any special guests will be turning up in Albert Square.

BBC Children in Need is now in its 38th year (we can't believe it either) and the nation has already raised over £909 million for the cause and they are now actively supporting 2,400 projects all across the UK. So go on Do Your Thing and help make a difference.

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