BBC Children in Need has today announced David Lloyd Clubs as their official Health and Wellness Partner and the official partner for the Pudsey Bearpee Challenge.

The Pudsey Bearpee Challenge, which kicks off on 16th October, is being championed by the charity’s ambassador Joe Wicks MBE, who is challenging the nation to undertake 1,000 Bearpees over the course of a month in the run up to the charity’s 2023 Appeal Show.

David Lloyd Clubs, which is the UK’s leading premium health and wellness group, is the official partner for the challenge and will be encouraging their 650,000+ members at their 102 clubs across the UK to get involved and help raise money for the charity. Throughout the month, there will be fundraising events taking place across all clubs which will culminate in a mass Bearpee moment taking place on Appeal Day, Friday 17th November.

BBC Children in Need’s ambassador, and former David Lloyd Clubs Lifeguard, Joe Wicks MBE is challenging people across the UK to get involved, and said:  “When I worked at David Lloyd Clubs, the members were always so enthusiastic and ready to take on a challenge so I am sure that all the members will get behind the Pudsey Bearpees to help us make a difference when it is needed most.

1000 Bearpees does sound like a lot but I promise you can do it, whether you take on the seated Bearpees or the ultra-hard ones, together we can raise vital funds to continue to be there for the children and young people across the UK that need us most.”

Russell Barnes, CEO at David Lloyd Clubs said: “Families sit very much at the heart of David Lloyd Clubs, and so we are delighted to be supporting BBC Children in Need as their official Health and Wellness Partner. We are sure that our members and team will want to join the rest of the nation in getting behind the Bearpee challenge to raise much needed funds to support children and young people across the UK.”

Claire Hoyle, Director of Income, Marketing and Communications at BBC Children in Need said: “We are absolutely delighted to have David Lloyd Clubs on board as our official health and wellness partner and joining us for one of our biggest challenges yet – getting the nation doing Bearpees! We know this is a big challenge so we are urging people to get behind it and help us to raise as much money as possible that will make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK.”

To ensure the challenge is inclusive for supporters of all abilities, there are four different variations of the Bearpee that people can try, including a Joe Wicks ultra-hard one or a seated Bearpees. More details and instructions on all the variations and how you can get involved can be found on the BBC Children in Need website

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About BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need believe every child and young person deserves the opportunity to thrive and be the best they can be.

BBC Children in Need’s ambition is to create lasting, positive change across the UK for the children and young people who need it most. Together with the BBC and partners, BBC Children in Need aim to inspire the nation in support of their work.

BBC Children in Need’s 1,700 local charities and projects work tirelessly in every corner of the UK to help children & young people overcome the additional challenges they currently face, including supporting children and young people living in poverty, providing emergency support to families in crisis, providing comfort to children feeling sad, lost and alone, helping children overcome social injustice and supporting children to feel safe and secure again.

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About David Lloyd Leisure Group  

David Lloyd Leisure helps members to live life better with a focus on physical and mental wellbeing and a sense of belonging. We are Europe’s leading premium health and wellness group operating 133 clubs - 103 clubs in the UK and a further 30 clubs across mainland Europe, comprising three brands David Lloyd Clubs, Harbour Clubs and David Lloyd Meridian Spa and Fitness in Germany.

We continually innovate to offer the best products and services for families and individuals in welcoming surroundings including state-of-the-art gyms, heated indoor and outdoor pools, top-class racquet facilities, well-equipped group exercise studios, luxurious spas, kids club facilities and crèches. Our Clubrooms offer a place to spend time with friends and family or enjoy a bite to eat, our clubs also feature large and inviting spaces to work, relax and socialise.

Our 750,000+ members and over 10,000 team members make a positive impact on the communities and environment in which we operate. We have an expert health and fitness team of over 2000 and more than 680 tennis professionals work with us. David Lloyd Clubs’ racquet facilities are unparalleled with over 1080 tennis courts as well as over 400 badminton and squash courts. 




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