Published on November 5th, 2014 | by Sally Wenham
The Post Office Goes The Extra Mile For BBC Children In Need
Friday the 14th of November is quickly approaching and that can mean only one thing… BBC Children in Need will be on our screens once again. The Post Office and Post Office Shop are proud to be fundraising partners for BBC Children in Need and we hope to raise as much money as possible for this very worthy cause.
There have been numerous memorable moments from previous BBC Children in Need appeals and this year promises to be no different with a host of appearances and performances from popular names in music and entertainment.
The 2014 appeal show will be hosted from Elstree Studios the home of Albert Square and the hit TV show Eastenders. Gareth Malone and his All Star Choir will be performing the official BBC Children in Need single during the show. There will also be performances from a host of popular music acts along with stars of stage and screen too.
2014 will be the first time in the UK that donations to BBC Children in Need can be made via the Post Office Twitter feed. Customers will now be able to ‘Tweet to Donate’ via their mobile devices.
A user simply has to tweet @PostOffice with the hashtag #MakeMeAHero, the user will then be sent a direct message with a link included that will direct them to donate either £1, £3 or £5 which is added to their mobile phone bill. After selecting which amount to donate, the user provides their mobile phone number and a unique code is sent to them which is then used to confirm and complete the donation.
Here at the Post Office Shop we are also championing the ‘Be a Hero’ badge campaign. There are two different sized badges available, large and small, each with their own unique design and these badges are exclusive to the Post Office and Post Office Shop. ‘Be a Hero’ badges can either be bought individually in a Post Office Branch or as packs of 10 from the Post Office Shop.
The Be a Hero campaign is being backed by a host of celebrities including Peter Andre, Sarah Jayne Crawford, Ben Cohen, Louie Spence and Kristina Rihanoff. As an extended part of the Post Office fundraising campaign, the hero outfits donned by each of these celebrities will be auctioned via Twitter to people who make the highest pledge for each individual costume.
Along with the exclusive Be a Hero badges, the Post Office have worked with BBC Children in Need to produce a small mailing box which supports this year’s appeal. From the sale of each mailing box, a donation of 80p will also benefit BBC Children in Need.
Other heroic Post Office fundraising activities this year include the sale of special Christmas Pudsey ‘One 4 All’ gift cards, with 2% of the gift amount going to BBC Children in Need – as well as all sorts of in-store fundraising events.
Customers can also drop off their unwanted foreign coins in branch via the Pudsey Foreign Currency boxes in branches. This exchange is a great way to dispose of left over foreign currency with proceeds going to BBC Children in Need.