On Friday 13th November last year I volunteered for BBC’s Children in Need in Keswick. Lucky for me my friends mum is one of the producers for Children in Need (Jane) which is how I got this amazing opportunity. Although children In need was the Friday, since my friends mum was being Jane’s assistant for the duration of CIN me and my friend got called into the office on the Thursday bright and early to help with any last minute things that needed doing. On arrival at BBC Newcastle we where given a tour so we knew where everything was before going to meet Jane to find out how we could help.
Our first job was to print and laminate the number cards that Pudsey would be using during the count down of the lights being turned on. After that I was given a few numbers to ring to check everything was ready for the next day, which was pretty scary but very fun ringing on the behalf of the BBC. There was a few other jobs I did, creating prompt cards for the presenters, sorting through boxes to make sure we had everything, making cups of tea for people and painting some “gold coins” which involved us running back and forth through the news room. Nearer the end of the day when we had little to do we managed to find the “Diddy Dick and Dom” puppets from the CBBC show “Dick and Dom in the Bungalow” and naturally we had to try them on, it was so funny we couldn’t get over it, here’s a few pictures we took of us dressed up:
(I apologise for the quality of the photos)
After meeting some very important people and being treated to a take away we eventually headed home. It was a very tiring and long day but it was so much fun and such a great experience.
On the Friday it was yet again another early start but I was so excited I didn’t mind. Once we got to BBC Newcastle it was a case of gathering up all the boxes we sorted the day before and loading them onto the coach. My friend was making an appearance as “Anna” from Frozen so she had to meat “Elsa” to get her on the coach as well as finding all the other volunteers and then we were ready to head to keswick.
After arriving we had to unload everything and then head straight to Greggs and some other local supper market which I cant remember the name, and collected loads of food for all the crew and volunteers that they had donated. After an introduction to what was happening over the next few hours and a few safety briefings we where all assigned a crew member to help and shadow. Since the area I want to go into is camera I asked for a camera role, which is exactly what I got 🙂 After running around to find the camera man I was helping I was shown how to put all the bateries for te cameras on charge and when i know they were charged etc. I was given a radio headset so I could hear everything that was going on which I was very excited by especially since I was one of the only volunteers who got one. I met a few other volunteers who where also helping cameras so we all stuck together so no one got lost or left out.
We were given a schedule of when everything was going live and when the rehearsals for each section was going to be. When it was time for a run through I follow my camera man to his positions exactly as we would for the live thing only with less pressure. Before each live broadcast it was my job to run back to to where all the equipment was and grab a fresh and fully charged battery and put the old one back on charge and then we got to watch the live broadcast in person! It was so much fun especially since I had the headphones, I knew exactly what was happening and heard the count down to going live everytime.
It was such an amazing experience, I got to talk to an expert cameraman and ask his all about his area of work and how he got into it, I got to meet some of the BBC presenters as well as a few producers and other important people from the BBC. Fingers crossed I get to do it all again next year!