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It’s Children in Need night

The BBC Radio Shetland team ready for their annual broadcasting marathon. From left: Mike Grundon, Jane Moncrieff, Helen Smith, Lesley Haw and John Johnston. Pic. Shetland News

A NIGHT of fun, frolics and fundraising lies ahead for BBC Radio Shetland as it prepares for its annual Children In Need marathon broadcast.

The six hour show runs from 7pm to 1am featuring some top local musicians and an exciting auction of around 70 items, with new donations arriving right up until the deadline.

Young fiddler Fraser Tait and singer songwriter Chloe Robertson kick off the programme, to be joined later by Birls Aloud, the North Ness Boys, the Jim Halcrow Dance Band and Da Fustra playing through the midnight hour.

Before the show even starts the bairns from Sound Hall present Radio Shetland’s weekly favourite Give Us A Tune at 6.10pm.

Last year the station raised an amazing £22,000, almost half of which was made in the auction.

In return, Children In Need brought £33,000 back into Shetland, with money going to Disability Shetland’s programme of social activities for kids and Voluntary Action Shetland’s welfare awards for disadvantaged children.

The BBC charity’s Scottish head Fraser Falconer said its work was made possible through the broadcasters’ audience.

“This is especially the case in Shetland, where the amazing amount of money raised per head of the population is recognised by all my colleagues in Scotland and across the UK,” he said.

Radio Shetland senior producer John Johnston thanked listeners for their support, saying the appeal was one of the highlights of the year for the station.

“The generosity of people and the support the community gives to the appeal continues to amaze us all at Pitt Lane,” he said.

A list of auction items can be found here.

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