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CHILDREN IN NEED: Sophie Ellis-Bextor to embark on 24 hour kitchen disco for Children In Need

CHILDREN IN NEED: Sophie Ellis-Bextor to embark on 24 hour kitchen disco for Children In Need

EMBARGOED TO 0815 MONDAY NOVEMBER 8 File photo dated 30/9/2021 of Sophie Ellis-Bextor will attempt to dance for 24 hours in a fundraising bid for BBC Children In Need. The challenge will follow on from the Kitchen Discos the singer hosted during lockdown, when she encouraged people to sing and dance in their own kitchens as she livestreamed from home with her own family. Issue date: Monday November 8, 2021.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor will attempt to dance for 24 hours in a fundraising bid for BBC Children In Need.

The challenge will follow on from the Kitchen Discos the singer hosted during lockdown, when she encouraged people to sing and dance in their own kitchens as she livestreamed from home with her own family.

Since May last year, she has also hosted several Kitchen Disco shows on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco Danceathon will see her attempt to dance from 9.25 am on November 16 to 9.25am on November 17.

She will be joined in person and via videolink by a host of celebrity guests – including Radio 2 presenters – throughout the 24 hours as she completes the fundraising effort at the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

The singer announced the news of the challenge on BBC Radio 2 and said: “I love to dance, I love to Kitchen Disco, but can I keep going for a whole 24 hours?

“I’m sure I can for BBC Children In Need… with the support of Radio 2’s fantastic listeners!”

Helen Thomas, head of BBC Radio 2, added: “Sophie’s Kitchen Disco has uplifted everyone and spread so much joy over these past 18 months, so what better way to keep the nation entertained than with an extended Kitchen Disco Danceathon for BBC Children In Need 2021.

“I’m so proud of Radio 2’s ongoing partnership with the charity, which has raised over £50.2 million across the past 10 years.”

There will be regular updates on Radio 2 throughout the day and viewers can watch it live on the Red Button and BBC iPlayer across the 24 hours.

Audiences can give via text, send their own messages of support and donate online through www.bbc.co.uk/sophie.

The money raised will go towards supporting children and young people across the UK facing a range of disadvantages.

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children In Need, said: “The past 18 months have been incredibly difficult and have sadly made the lives of children and young people facing disadvantage that much harder.

“We want to ensure no child feels alone, and that every child is supported to thrive, so we are delighted that Sophie is taking on such a monumental challenge to help make a difference.

“It’s acts of kindness like this that help children and young people across the UK know that we are here for them, and that there is always hope. We will be cheering Sophie on every step of the way.”

Ten classic editions of previously broadcast Kitchen Discos are now available to hear on BBC Sounds.


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