BBC Children in Need in Rotherham this Friday

Charity collection bucket.
Charity collection bucket.

MAGNA Science Adventure Centre will play host to BBC Children in Need on Friday – and the public can join in.

The South Yorkshire tourist attraction will feature on BBC1 as part of the appeal night which raises millions of pounds for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Presenters Toby Foster and Nicola Rees will be joined by 120 singers, recruited from schools across Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds. The choir will perform in front of the Face of Steel.

And members of the public will be able to join the fun for free from 5pm as Magna is staying open to the public until 9pm.

The TV show will be anchored at Television Centre by Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly and Nick Grimshaw, who will be joined by a host of celebrities including Susan Boyle, Little Mix, Ann Widdecombe and Olympic Gold medallist Nicola Adams.

Presenter and former chorister Aled Jones will lead a choir at Television Centre in a performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. They will be joined by hundreds of young singers live on TV from 12 different venues across the UK, including Magna.

Joanna Dunn, marketing manager, at Magna, said: “We are really excited about taking part in such a fantastic event. Every year Children in Need raises tens of millions for needy children and, as a family attraction, it is very apt that we should do our bit.

“It shows that Magna is a great venue for all sorts of events. In the last few months we have hosted everything from major business conferences and the Olympic torch relay to wedding receptions and a BBC Philharmonic concert.”

Viewers of BBC1 in Yorkshire will join Toby Foster and Nicola Rees for regular updates throughout the evening on Friday.

David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need chief executive, added: “This year’s campaign is bigger and better than ever and people right across the country are once again coming together to raise thousands that will help change the lives of disadvantaged children right here in the UK.”

Visitors are reminded that Magna is a coats-on experience due to its vast size.