Charity opens door to Pudsey funding boost in Bedford

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Bedford Open Door is to receive a grant of £45,150, courtesy of BBC Children in Need.

The money will help the charity provide counselling sessions for vulnerable children and young people, many of whom are disadvantaged.

Gerry Bentley, project manager at Bedford Open Door said: “We are so pleased to have this support from BBC Children in Need.

“With this funding we will be able to help change the lives of children and young people in Bedford and surrounding areas many of whom have been through so much in their young lives.”

Melinda Connelly, regional head of central england for BBC Children in Need, said: “In the coming months Bedford Open Door will work with young people who need it most, which, without the help of our fundraisers, wouldn’t be possible. A big thank you to everyone who has fundraised or donated.”

The new funding means the charity now supports 25 projects in Bedfordshire and has more than £1.4 million invested in the county, with each penny benefiting young people in the town.

The newly awarded grant comes as BBC Children in Need celebrates its highest ever fundraising total.

A record-breaking £55m was raised during the charity’s 2015 appeal – the culmination of the efforts of people across the UK who did a vast array of things to raise money from cake baking to sky diving.

Causes can apply for funding at

The next deadline for the Small Grants programme is 1st September and the deadline for the Main Grants programme is 15th September.