BBC Children in Need is inviting fun-seekers to take part in Gung-Ho!, a 5K giant inflatable obstacle course which will bring its UK tour to Southampton Common on 7th May 2016. Participants are challenged to run, walk or giggle their way through the crazy inflatables for the charity as part of Team Pudsey. Those that pledge sponsorship will receive a discounted ticket for £30 via www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey, as well as a free t-shirt, training support and goodies on the day. Full details here:
A race like no other, the 5K Gung-Ho! course is made up of 10 giant inflatable obstacles that participants have to run, crawl and climb over to complete the challenge. These include gigantic ball pits, super-sized slides and a 5,000 square foot inflatable moon walk. The course is completely unique and runners don’t have to be an athlete to take part!
Speaking of the event Jonathan Rigby, Director of Marketing at BBC Children in Need, said: “We’re so excited to be visiting Southampton with the first ever Gung-Ho! for BBC Children in Need. It’s a fun new way for supporters to challenge themselves whilst raising money to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro-athlete or first time runner, we can’t wait to see you there!
Gung-Ho! co-founder and former CBeebies presenter, Alex Winters, added: “We’re so happy to have BBC Children in Need on board as exclusive national charity partner. Whether people participate as part of a group or individually, these events are all about having fun. By encouraging people to pledge their sponsorship to charity though, we’ll be helping people do good whilst they’re at it”.
The Gung-Ho! tour is set to visit a total of 12 towns and cities throughout the spring and summer months. Following Southampton the tour will be visiting Leeds and Cardiff in May, Brands Hatch, Edinburgh and Sandwell Valley in June. July will see the course travel to Newcastle, Milton Keynes and Liverpool, before the event lands in Maidenhead and finishes in Nottingham on 17th September.
BBC Children in Need now funds 11 projects in Southampton with over £455,800, hard at work to benefit young lives in the region. One of the funded organisations in the area is ŒNo Limits. The BBC Children in Need grant will fund its ŒStaying Safe project covering the cost of a youth worker, counsellor, group sessions and other project expenses to address multiple issues experienced by local young people, including mental health conditions, educational and behavioural difficulties, self-harm, violence and abuse at home and homelessness. The goal of the project is to ensure that young people have the coping skills and guidance necessary to make better life choices and help them reach their fullest potential.
BBC Children in Need currently supports some 2,400 projects, all working with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Each and every penny donated to the Charity will go to projects working with young people who need it most, including those affected by illness, disability, poverty or abuse. For more information on the Charity, please visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey.