PUDSEY bear is the much-loved mascot of Children In Need charity – but for the last few years, he’s also been joined by a rosy-cheeked female companion.
The female version of Pudsey was revealed in 2009 but is yet to receive the level of recognition as the iconic yellow bear.
What is the girl Pudsey called?
The female Children in Need bear is called Blush.
The BBC Children in Need website revealed that Blush has pink cheeks and appears to act coy as she is “quite shy as she’s not used to the attention that Pudsey gets”.
Blush merchandise is available to buy on the BBC Children in Need website, in the form of wearable ears for children.
Highstreet favourite bakery Greggs has also brought out a range of Blush-shaped ginger biscuits for the fundraiser, alongside caramel-flavoured Pudsey Biscuit.
Both bears are also at Greggs available in "novelty bun" form.
When was Blush Bear introduced?
In 2009, Children in Need added Blush to their collection.
Although still around today, Blush doesn't yet have quite the character development as the original Pudsey Bear who was first introduced to the public in 1985, by Sir Terry Wogan.
Pudsey originally sported brown fur.
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A range of Blush bear-themed children's pyjamas are available this year at George at Asda, although at the time of writing, stocks were low.
The Asda website reads that "A minimum of 20% of the price of this product will benefit BBC Children in Need".
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Is she Pudsey Bear's girlfriend?
In short, no, Blush is not pitched as Pudsey’s girlfriend.
Contrary to assumptions, there's no romance between the two bears — Blush Bear was introduced as a friend for the fundraising drive’s long-standing and beloved mascot, Pudsey Bear.
The charity said it created Blush in hopes of increasing its sales and possibly attracting new corporate partners.
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When is Children in Need 2023 on TV?
Children In Need will take place on Friday, November 17, 2023.
The long-running charity show will air on BBC one and BBC two.
This year will mark the 43rd year of the TV appeal, that raises money for children and young people around the UK.
Vernon Kay will running an ultramarathon to bring in much-needed cash for the cause.
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The programme is scheduled to run from 7 pm until 10 pm.
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