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Smartaupairs supporting Children in Need
Smartaupairs is proud to support BBC Children in Need. We pledge a minimum of £2 from every placement to support Children in Need and hope to be able to hand over a nice big cheque in November 2010.

Why Children in Need?

For so many reasons; the broad appeal and nationwide activities means it is relevant to children all over Britain, same as our business is relevant to families all over the UK.

I also think that the Children in Need day in November, together with Red Nose Day are two very British initiatives. I have lived and worked in other countries across Europe and the world and no other nation gets behind these initiatives in such an amazing way year after year, no matter what.

In the companies where I worked, it brought the entire team together, from directors to the post room; all would contribute in their own personal way from shaving heads to paining nails and eating bugs, all to raise more money for charity. We would all feel good about being involved in doing something for someone else and to stop and encourage others to do the same and go further.

The enthusiasm on radio and tv and seeing how much good is done with the money would make you want to give some more again in the evening when you enjoy the show with the family.

To me, Children in Need brings people together in many different ways. That’s why I think Smartaupairs should support this Charity.

And, as we get closer to November, I will encourage families and au pairs to think about other things they can do if they want to be involved. Maybe all profile pictures can wear a bandana in October?

This is quoted from the BBC Children in Need website:

Our mission is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our vision is a society where each and every child and young person is supported to realise their potential.

In 2008 the BBC Children in Need Appeal raised over £38 million and for every penny you gave the charity, a penny will go towards projects helping disadvantaged children in the UK. We are able to make this promise because the charity uses its investment income and Gift Aid to cover all running costs. Every year, thanks to public donations and the amazing efforts of fundraisers, schools, businesses and our corporate partners, we are able to provide support to thousands of youngsters aged 18 and under.