BBC Children in Need (also promoted as Plant Mewn Angen in Wales) is the BBC's UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over GBP 600 million for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. One of the highlights is an annual telethon, held in November and televised on BBC One and BBC Two. Pudsey Bear is BBC Children in Need's mascot, whilst Terry Wogan was its long-standing host.
BBC Children in Need 2013 was held at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on 12 November 2013. Robbie performed Go Gentle and Shine My Shoes and joined in with Barry Manilow and Gary Barlow on Could it Be Magic.
In 2012, Robbie didn't perform but recorded a video, presenting Lynne's story; a story about a happy family until the mother gets the news that she has breast cancer.
Take That appeared live on Children In Need, to perform two songs live on the programme; their new single, The Flood, and the 90's Take That classic, Never Forget.
In 2009 Robbie reunites with Take That during BBC Children in Need in the Royal Albert Hall, London on 11 November 2009. He also performs Bodies.
Over 40 celebrities from around the world are featured in a special new book to be released in time for Christmas. "Celebrity Handprints", published on December 1, was the culmination of two years work for author James Preston. Since November 2005, Preston has scoured the globe in search of famous names who were willing to dip their hands in ink and leave a lasting mark on paper. And his peculiar pursuit opened doors to some of entertainment's biggest stars, including Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Matt Damon, and Keira Knightley. Over the course of his travels, Preston collected more than 100 handprints and accompanying photos of some of the brightest stars in film, television, music and sports, 42 of which are to be included in the new book. All of the proceeds from the publication will go to benefit two British children's charities - Children in Need and the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Also available is a series of limited edition prints of the handprints, suitable for framing. The cost for each print, which also includes a photograph of the star involved, is $100. 30% of the total will go to both charities. Other stars involved in the project include David Beckham, Robbie Williams, Will Smith, Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Tom Jones, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson, Wyclef Jean, the Kaiser Chiefs, the Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and many more. The book will be available for $40 from bookstores and Amazon.