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The Best Bits: Scotland

Jackie Bird presents highlights from Friday's Children in Need, revealing how how the money donated to Children in Need helps the lives of many people throughout Scotland.


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Hello and welcome to a very special Scottish Children In Need.

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Tonight we're going to show you how, thanks to Children In Need

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in Scotland, thousands of youngsters are cared for, protected and

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have a better quality of life, just because you made a donation.

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It's that simple - your money makes life better.

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And coming up, we'll be showing you how this year,

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and for over 30 years, Children In Need has made a difference.

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Coming up on tonight's programme, we will be revealing what happened

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in Shieldinch when River City met Scot Squad.

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We'll enjoy some brilliant performances from our

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Scottish Children In Need choir.

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Jack and Victor get dancing.

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We'll have a wonderful performance from Michael Buble.

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Plus, we'll be showing you how your money has helped

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so many children in Scotland.

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Today, I'm at a very special place.

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This is just one of eight Maggie's Centres in Scotland.

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They offer care, support and advice for people with cancer,

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and also for their families.

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Later on we'll see how money they've received from Children In Need

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helps fund an important part of their work right across Scotland.

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And that's why we're here -

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Children In Need helps fund charities that are much-loved

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and much valued, from Maggie's or CHAS or Barnardo's

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to the hundreds of smaller charities which all make a difference.

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A donation to Children In Need is a donation

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to a group helping children in Scotland.

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Because of you, Children In Need helps children across the UK.

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All across the UK.

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From Scotland...

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To England.

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Wales...

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To Northern Ireland.

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Because of you, help is never far away.

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Your parents are always there for you but she's someone else.

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She's really special.

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Because of you, there is a brighter future.

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I've always wanted a friend.

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I feel like she's part of the family.

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Because of you, there is help in the toughest times.

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I knew from that moment on that they would be OK.

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You've helped children smile and laugh.

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Even when life feels really hard.

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What you have done is amazing.

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But there's so much more to do.

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So please, do something huge.

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If you're going to do one thing tonight, pick up the phone and text.

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Go on!

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We need you.

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We need you.

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Go on, we need you!

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Because of you, Children In Need can make a difference.

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Because of you, my child gets her smile back.

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Because of you, children like me have somewhere to go.

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Because of you, my daughter can walk again.

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Because of you, my son can talk again.

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Because of you, I've got a friend.

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Children In Need can make a difference.

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It's all because of you. Thank you.

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Thank you. Thank you.

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Thank you. Thank you.

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Thank you. Thank you.

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Thank you!

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Using your money,

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Children In Need supports groups in every local authority in Scotland.

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2016 will see over ?5 million distributed

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to hundreds of organisations.

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Some are involved in helping youngsters with medical or

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physical problems, but other groups help in less obvious ways,

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like offering a safe place to play, or simply someone to talk to.

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Projects funded by Children In Need

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support 55,000 children in Scotland a year.

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Youth groups which divert kids from crime and offer opportunities

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for socialising and support are at the heart of the charity's work.

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Every week, Twilight Basketball's Dunfermline group

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coaches 30 children.

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One of those was Greg.

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Greg was just ten when his dad died.

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A year later, while still reeling from the shock,

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his mum decided to uproot him from their home in Poland.

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It all happened within a week,

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so I just got told to pack and leave.

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I was pretty scared and worried about my life at that moment.

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Leaving all that was familiar was a huge wrench, but trying to

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get to grips with a new language and find friends was even harder.

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I had nobody to hang about with or to talk to.

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Sadly I was alone all the time and just thinking about life.

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It was an incredibly lonely and anxious time.

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The one place where Greg hoped he'd feel safe and supported

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was at home, but it wasn't to be.

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My mum kind of started not to bother speaking to me.

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She was either locked up in her own room or away with her boyfriend.

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I was just myself in the living room.

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I never had a bed, so I had to sleep on a sofa.

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But I never had proper covers.

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It was pretty cold in the winter.

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And that wasn't the only hardship young Greg had to endure.

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You noticed certain things - the clothes were dirty,

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the shoes were getting more and more tattered.

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You could say he was hungry.

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Food was always on his mind.

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My mum wasn't really focusing on what to get me to eat.

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I was pretty hungry quite a lot of times.

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Especially in summer when you have no school,

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so you have no school meals to fall back on.

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Life at home took its toll on Greg.

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He was starting to discolour in the face.

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I felt a bit unwanted by my own family,

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that they don't really want me there.

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But for a few hours every Friday,

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basketball gave Greg contact with people who supported him.

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I obviously asked Greg if everything was OK.

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That's when he opened up about all the problems at home.

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He was being locked out of rooms, didn't get access to the kitchen.

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He very rarely got to wash his clothes.

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That's when the alarm bells kicked in.

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It was a huge relief for Greg to finally

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tell someone about his troubles.

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I knew that I could trust him with this and I knew he could help me.

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As a result of Ross's intervention,

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Greg was removed from his home and placed in emergency foster care.

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Three years on and the teenager is thriving.

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His best friend's parents took him in and invited Greg

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to join their family for good.

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We just wanted him to have what my kids have.

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It's actually amazing how they basically just gave me

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a new home and treat me like one of their own kids.

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He actually became one of the family just overnight,

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and he treats us like mum and dad.

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Twilight Basketball means everything to Greg.

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He wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them.

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Greg's life has been transformed by the support and training

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he received from the youth group.

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Even though Twilight taught me sport and how to play basketball,

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I kind of look at it more as a life-changing opportunity.

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I met new people, I got a new family and I'm still with Twilight,

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and now I'm volunteering, helping them out.

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WHISTLE BLOWS Stop the dribbling.

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They provided me all the things that I need to make myself

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a happy guy again.

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When you're dribbling the ball, make sure that your eyes are up...

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'Because of them,'

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I've got something new to look forward to and a new, happy life.

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Twilight gave Greg the confidence to get a full-time job,

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and in turn, his story has inspired one of their schemes.

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The ambassador programme, which is funded by your money,

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trains Greg and 23 other coaches to support the next generation.

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Now I am a part-time basketball referee,

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so I go on the weekends and referee basketball games.

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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I am very proud of how far I came because of Twilight.

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Greg's on such a ride.

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He's done a rollercoaster with his hands up,

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just enjoying what's happening.

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It's fantastic to see

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and long may it continue for him.

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Time now to find out what happened when two of our

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favourite coppers from Scot Squad went on patrol

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on the mean streets of River City.

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The River City, where the river of dreams is under constant threat

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from a tsunami of disorder.

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Here to mop up the mess are PCs Jack McLaren and Sarah Fletcher.

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We've been called to Shieldinch, which isn't our usual beat,

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but sometimes when staffing levels are low

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and maybe someone has phoned in sick...

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Sick is the official line, but we know why we're really here.

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Right, what's that?

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The place is full of bams and the usual polis, Craig Donald,

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ginger fella from Dundee, he's useless, really bad,

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so they brought in Scotland's best policeman.

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Oh.

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Oh, you're Scotland's best policeman?

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Top three for sure. Elite.

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Erm, so if you're so elite,

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why did we get lost on the way over here?

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Place isn't even on a map. Neither is the subway.

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Yeah, it's like platform 9 3/4, eh?

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What's that?

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It's, erm, Harry Potter. From Harry Potter.

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I dinnae read kids' books.

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I'm a 22-year-old man.

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Anyway, we've only been here a couple of minutes.

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I mean, we can see it's a challenging area.

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What she means is it's hoaching with radgies, eh?

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Like, my radgie antenna's twitching.

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It's like Sixth Sense, but instead of ghosts it's radgies.

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I see radgies everywhere.

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Yeah, I mean, we've been notified

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of a couple of challenging characters -

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a Lenny Murdoch,

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Shellsuit Bob,

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Buster The Wrestler.

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He'll no' want to wrestle me, that's for sure.

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From warning Buster to busting wronging, the cops have received

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a tip-off about a bent bag of bullion buried on this beat.

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Eager to go toe-to-toe with the source of the sorry state

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of Shieldinch, the cops go door to door.

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Keep your eye oot for the polis.

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There's a couple of them wanderin' aboot here. You'll recognise 'em.

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Coupla dafties.

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Jack, I've got eyes on that Lenny Murdoch. Copy that.

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Keep your eyes on him.

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Could I see some ID, please?

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Pleased to meet you, Pudsey.

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From pounding the streets to practitioning on patients,

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Dr Annie Jandhu is hard at work

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safeguarding the health of Shieldinch.

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All right, Officer Annie?

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Hi, Bobby. How you doin'?

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Good. Just, erm, "Dr" Annie.

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Office Dr Annie. No, no, no. Erm, so no "Officer", just "Dr" is fine.

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It's like doctors are the polis of hospitals, ain't they?

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Erm... Well, no, it's not really the same thing.

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Erm, what can I do for you today?

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Well, you know how, like, Children In Need's comin' up an' stuff?

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Mm-hm. And, like, like I used to be a wean? Like, back in the day.

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I'm going to sell whoopsies but see because whoopsies are ootta date,

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and I was wonderin' to see if you could sell them to your patients.

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An' we could, like, gie the money to Pudsey.

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Er, well, not if they're out of date, obviously I couldn't.

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Well, they're ootta date the 'morra.

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I can't sell cakes. I'm a surgery, Bobby.

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Even that one?

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Anything else I can help you with today?

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How come Pudsey's got an eye patch?

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Dr Dre - is he a real doctor?

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D'you dae homers? Yes, I do do home visits. Brilliant.

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Cos I've got an uncle and he's dislocated his elbow but see if

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I was tae gie you, like, 50 quid in an envelope, gie you a bung...

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No, I can't do that, I can't accept any money, I'm sorry.

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But I won't tell anybody cos it's, like, cash in hand an' that.

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OK(!) Uh, what about, a...sponsored silence?

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Sponsored silence? I mean, I would give you ?5 for that.

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I mean, actually, do you know what?

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I would even give you ?10 if you started it right now.

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One of the musical highlights from last night was once again

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our very own Children In Need Choir.

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Hundreds of youngsters from across the UK sang as one, and in Scotland,

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our singers this year came from in and around Inverness.

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And before the big night, there was lots of work to be done.

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The children have given up their weekends to rehearse with

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Choir Master Andrew Panton.

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Although the young people have been working in their schools separately,

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this will be the first time they've all come together.

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Everybody stand up and make a big semicircle round the piano.

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'The aim for today is to get everyone working together

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'as one cohesive choir.'

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WARM UP NOTES

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'And it's quite a big ask - this is a really concentrated rehearsal

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'and I'm giving them really detailed notes.'

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..two, three, and...

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THEY SING A NOTE Good.

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It's going quite good and it feels quite serious.

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I'd rather quieter, warm, really in the middle of the note.

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# Sometimes in our lives

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# We all have pain

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# We all have sorrow. #

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This is the first time we've all seen each other, for a lot of us,

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so it's really nerve-racking.

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# You need a hand... #

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The choir members even managed to squeeze in some fundraising

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in their free time.

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We're doing a bunch of activities to raise money for Children In Need.

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Over there is Pin The Nose On Pudsey Blindfolded

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and round on the football pitch we've got Toss The Welly.

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Today we are selling wristbands and raising money for Children In Need.

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Please give us a lot for money for Children In Need.

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We're doing a Drakies Primary Spotacular Community Cafe

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where loads of people from the community are coming in to eat cakes

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and listen to people sing.

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# I wonder how, I wonder why

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# Yesterday you told me about the blue blue sky... #

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ALL: Give money to Children In Need!

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Back at the rehearsals, the songs are shaping up well. Good.

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Give me that one more time with a smile this time.

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We're doing Lean On Me.

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It feels really exciting and fun.

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# We know that there's

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# Always tomorrow... #

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Really exciting cos nothing really big's come up this far to Scotland.

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# You just call on me, brother... #

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This is young people helping other young people who maybe have

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different needs and are from different backgrounds from them,

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and I think that's what's so special about the choir and,

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in particular, this song.

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# I just might have a problem

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# That you'll understand... #

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I wouldn't even care if we were just practising in the school, as long as

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we're raising money for people that don't have as much as we have.

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For a lot of them, singing together as a group of over 100 people

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is quite a new experience. I've got a funny feeling,

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when they arrive at the studios they're going to be so excited.

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So here they are, the Scottish Children In Need Choir, teaming up

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with more than 1,500 children from across the UK, singing Lean On Me.

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# Sometimes in our lives

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# We all have pain

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# We all have sorrow

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# But if we are wise

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# We know that there's

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# Always tomorrow

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# Lean on me

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# When you're not strong

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# I'll be your friend

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# I'll help you carry on

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# For it won't be long

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# Till I'm gonna need

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# Somebody to lean on

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# You just call on me, brother

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# When you need a hand

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# We all need somebody

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# To lean on

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# I just might have a problem

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# That you'll understand

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# We all need somebody

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# To lean on

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# Lean on me

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# When you're not strong

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# I'll be your friend

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# I'll help you carry on

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# For it won't be long

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# Till I'm gonna need

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# Somebody to lean on

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# You just call on me, brother

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# When you need a hand

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# We all need somebody

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# To lean on

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# I just might have a problem

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# That you'll understand

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# We all need somebody

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# To lean on

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# Please swallow your pride

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# If I have faith

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# You need to borrow

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# For no-one can fill

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# Those of your needs

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# That you won't let show

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# If there is a load

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# You have to bear

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# That you can't carry

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# I'm right up the road

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# I'll share your load

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# If you just call me

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# Call me

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# Call me

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# Call me

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# Call me

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# Call me

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# Call me

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# Call me

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# Call me

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# For

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# It won't be long

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# Till I'm gonna need

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# Somebody to lean on

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# Lean on, lean on

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# Lean on, lean on, lean on me

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# Lean on, lean on, lean on me

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# Lean on, lean on, lean on me

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# I'm gonna need

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# Somebody to lean on

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# I'm gonna need

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# Somebody to lean on

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# Lean on

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# Me. #

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CHEERING

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Still to come - we meet a couple of familiar faces in part two

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of River Squad.

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Jack and Victor get dancing.

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And we have another brilliant performance

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from our Scottish Children In Need Choir.

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Children In Need doesn't run groups itself,

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but it does make sure your money goes to organisations

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that really need support.

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And those groups are changing lives in Scotland every single day.

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It funds a huge range of activities,

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whether it's offering help to those with special needs

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or caring for those who're ill.

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HEARTBEAT THUMPING

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Aimee was born three months premature.

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Her condition at birth was critical.

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They're saying the baby's in distress.

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Her heartbeat's right down.

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15 doctors run into the theatre.

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I was...petrified.

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We didn't know whether I was going to survive,

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whether Aimee was going to survive...

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Thankfully, both pulled through.

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Aimee spent her first few months in hospital,

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but shattering news lay ahead.

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They did a check that revealed that Aimee had hydrocephalus,

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and it was...shock beyond shock.

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Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects the brain

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and how it functions.

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Too much fluid in the brain can have damaging consequences.

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The scan showed that it was bad.

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This pressure was building up in Aimee's tiny wee brain.

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Aimee was rushed to theatre to have a shunt inserted in her head.

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The plastic device drains excess fluid,

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but it's not without risk.

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The doctor was honest with us.

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And he says, "This is what keeps her alive,

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"it could work for couple of years,

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"or it could work for an hour."

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Since Aimee's first trip to theatre,

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a cyst was discovered on the other side of her head,

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so she now depends on two shunts.

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In her lifetime, Aimee has endured 17 surgical procedures.

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We know that's not the final count.

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She's going to have to go through this time and time again.

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Aimee has already spent half her life in hospital,

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and she will require further operations.

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For her parents, every parting is agonising.

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It's a horrible, horrible situation to be in,

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and it's the same, every single surgery that she has,

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you think, "Is she going to come out this time?"

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Naively, we always said, "It might get easier when she gets older,"

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but I think it's got harder.

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When life's been one long round of anaesthesia and oxygen masks,

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it leaves little time for laughter.

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When she comes out of surgery,

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she's that sore that she just can't move.

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Sometimes, though, a different dose of medicine is called for.

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Your donations fund weekly visits from Hearts And Minds Clowndoctors.

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In will come these Clowndoctors.

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BOTH: AIMEE!

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It's just a total mood changer.

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It's Dr Squeegie and Dr Groovy!

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She goes from this look of,

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"Please, everyone, just go away and don't even look at me,"

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to this wee excited face, she's smiling away.

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The Clowndoctors know exactly what these kids have been through.

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BOTH: Hello!

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# Aimee, Aimee, Aimee, ooh! #

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These highly trained professionals spread joy and hijinks

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throughout Glasgow's Royal Hospital For Children.

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Excuse me, could you possibly give me a hand?

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If you could just get... Thank you.

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For Aimee and hundreds of other children who spend

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so much of their lives in hospital, it's the perfect prescription.

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They're medicine in their own right.

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They've got us giggling away, laughing...

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It makes a huge difference.

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You just sit back and they're entertaining her, and she's happy.

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It's taking her mind off what she's in for.

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For that split second, she's back to her old wee self.

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And if we didn't have that, we'd all be doom and gloom.

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See you, Aimee! AIMEE: Bye. Bye, Aimee!

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It relaxes us and can give us ten, 15 minutes' respite.

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If you could keep them with you 24 hours on the ward,

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it would be amazing.

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It's that easy.

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Every penny will help a child in some way.

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Children In Need are giving out more money than ever before,

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but sadly, even though you've been hugely generous over the years,

0:27:110:27:14

there's still not enough money to go around.

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So here's a message from our friends in Craiglang.

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Yeah, sweeties for Isa's a nice idea. Oh, hello. I'm Jack.

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And I'm Victor.

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Every year, Children In Need helps thousands of kids across Scotland.

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But they can only do that if you continue to donate.

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Which you have done so generously, so please get your phone out

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and text the number you see on screen.

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# Get your phone out

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# Get your phone out

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# Text the number

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# Text the number

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# Get your phone out

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# Text the number... #

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From Craiglang to Shieldinch now,

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and the final part of When River City Met Scot Squad.

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This is River Squad.

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We're back in the Shieldinch surgery.

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Bobby's happy with his top treatment.

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Thank you very much, and I'll see you later, right. Yeah.

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Children are in need.

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Yeah, yeah. They... They are...

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children, in need.

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Dr Jandhu.

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What are you doing here?

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I'm PC McLaren. I'd like to ask you a few questions

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about your association with a local crime family.

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What is this?

0:28:340:28:35

It's just a few questions, it's nothing to worry about.

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Oh, no, I get it.

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You're...

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Ah, you're trying to make up with me with a whole...

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role-play thing?

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Sorry? Yeah, you wear a uniform well.

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Looks good on you. I know.

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You know, I never really go in for the whole...

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man in a uniform type thing,

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but I think that's about to change.

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I understand.

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It's a perfectly natural feeling for you to want to get aff with me,

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but you'll need to wait till I'm off shift.

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But I really do need to ask you some questions first.

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Oh, you are really getting into character, aren't you?

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I'd love to see your bedside manner, I really would.

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I mean, you're a very attractive woman. You're...

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You're an eight or a nine and I'm a ten,

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so that would average us out at...

0:29:170:29:18

..7.5?

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DOOR OPENS

0:29:220:29:23

Annie, I...

0:29:300:29:31

I know I'm not your favourite person right now, but...

0:29:310:29:33

Lenny needs us to look after this.

0:29:330:29:35

Can I stick it in your office?

0:29:350:29:37

OK. This is weird.

0:29:370:29:39

What?

0:29:390:29:40

Are you kidding me?

0:29:400:29:42

What, you can't see it?

0:29:420:29:43

See what?

0:29:430:29:44

You and him! Oh, the resemblance.

0:29:440:29:47

You think he looks like me?

0:29:470:29:49

You wish yous had a coupon like me.

0:29:490:29:51

As if! Babe, you're imagining it.

0:29:520:29:54

Babe? What, is Zoolander here your boyfriend?

0:29:540:29:57

Er... Well, I mean, yeah.

0:29:570:29:59

Kind of. But...

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Bit weedy for you, is he no?

0:30:010:30:03

You're punching well above your weight, mate.

0:30:030:30:05

Look, if you ever want to upgrade to a proper handsome copper,

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gies a call.

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Are you not a bit small to be in the police?

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I'm above average,

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in all departments.

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Right, well, thank you very much,

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but my love life is complicated enough.

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Well, if you ever want to simplify it,

0:30:190:30:21

call the emergency services.

0:30:210:30:22

What's in the bag?

0:30:230:30:24

Em, what's it got to do with you?

0:30:240:30:26

Something you don't want me to see?

0:30:260:30:28

What makes you think that?

0:30:280:30:29

Open it and let me see.

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No. Open it.

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Make me.

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Catlike reflexes, honed at the tae kwon do,

0:30:360:30:39

which I do twice a week, by the way.

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Well, well, well.

0:30:450:30:47

What have we got here?

0:30:470:30:49

It's, em, a...

0:30:490:30:50

a donation for Children In Need.

0:30:520:30:54

Well, it's not safe for a civilian

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to be carrying around this much cash,

0:30:570:30:59

so I'll keep it safe,

0:30:590:31:01

and make sure it finds its way to Children In Need.

0:31:010:31:03

That's not necessary, I can manage.

0:31:030:31:05

Well, police have friends in high places.

0:31:050:31:08

I'll make sure it ends up in the right hands.

0:31:080:31:10

Well, thank you for your time, Dr Jandhu.

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It has been a pleasure.

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Do you know anywhere you could hire a police uniform from?

0:31:220:31:25

That guy? Really?!

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Nice big smile.

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I smile with my eyes.

0:31:310:31:32

From Barry's bags to bear's buckets,

0:31:320:31:35

Children In Need have friends indeed

0:31:350:31:37

in the River Squad.

0:31:370:31:39

Yeah, thanks to the presence of the Scottish police force,

0:31:420:31:44

Shieldinch is no longer a hotbed of crime.

0:31:440:31:47

I'll be going back to visit that doctor,

0:31:470:31:49

to make sure she's all right,

0:31:490:31:51

give her peace of mind.

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That's the level of service I like to offer to members of the public,

0:31:520:31:55

and I'll certainly be giving it to the doctor.

0:31:550:31:58

Did you see that Alex?

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He was dashing, he looked like Poldark.

0:32:000:32:02

Does he remind you of me?

0:32:020:32:04

No! You?!

0:32:050:32:07

We'd better get to... Cos the job never stops.

0:32:070:32:10

Yeah, we've been called to another Scottish town up north -

0:32:100:32:13

Balamory.

0:32:130:32:14

Some brightly coloured houses are causing a bit of a nuisance.

0:32:140:32:17

And there's continual singing, so...

0:32:170:32:19

We've got to liaise with a PC Plum,

0:32:190:32:23

and find out what's the story.

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In this Balamory.

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We'd like to know.

0:32:280:32:30

Over ?2.5 million of your cash supports

0:33:000:33:04

children in Scotland with disabilities.

0:33:040:33:06

GAME BEEPS

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14-year-old Josiah lives in Edinburgh.

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Like most teenagers, he's transfixed with technology.

0:33:090:33:12

But there's a difference between him and his peers

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that isolated him growing up.

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When Josiah was a toddler, we used to take him to playgroups,

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and realised he wouldn't associate himself with the others.

0:33:230:33:26

He couldn't talk,

0:33:270:33:28

so if he wanted to get reaction from the other kids,

0:33:280:33:31

he would push them.

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And most of the parents didn't like that.

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He would see people...

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..taking their kids away.

0:33:400:33:42

The rejection hit hard.

0:33:420:33:44

Aged three, Josiah was diagnosed with autism,

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a disability that affects how he relates to others.

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I didn't know anything about autism, then.

0:33:500:33:53

Initially, it was difficult for me.

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So finding a school with a headteacher who supported Josiah

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was a huge relief.

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Josiah is a lovely, happy young person.

0:34:020:34:06

With numbers, he is an absolute star.

0:34:060:34:09

He will memorise numbers and sequences and codes...

0:34:090:34:13

It's an amazing talent.

0:34:130:34:15

But figuring out the world around him isn't always easy for Josiah.

0:34:150:34:19

At times, it can seem confusing and unpredictable.

0:34:190:34:22

What he's getting is a bombardment of information into his head.

0:34:270:34:31

It can be quite a scary place,

0:34:330:34:36

there's lots of different sensory things going on such as lights,

0:34:360:34:41

music, gadgets, technology, other people that will distract him.

0:34:410:34:47

What he's finding is that's overstimulating

0:34:480:34:52

and it just takes his focus in all sorts of different directions.

0:34:520:34:57

One way that Josiah's found to help him deal with

0:34:570:35:00

everything in his brain is through is body.

0:35:000:35:03

He's always running and jumping.

0:35:030:35:06

He's always constantly running and jumping.

0:35:060:35:09

Josiah can bounce the whole day if you don't stop him,

0:35:120:35:16

if you don't ask him, "Josiah, sit down."

0:35:160:35:18

It's quite a challenge to keep him calm.

0:35:190:35:22

Josiah.

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It's quite a big challenge.

0:35:240:35:26

You want some grapes? Yeah. Do you want to calm down first? No.

0:35:260:35:30

But Josiah's enthusiasm for movement became a concern

0:35:300:35:34

when it began to affect his balance.

0:35:340:35:37

Josiah used to fall for no reason.

0:35:370:35:40

He will be walking and all of a sudden say,

0:35:400:35:42

"Oh, Daddy, I fell down."

0:35:420:35:44

The falls became more hazardous.

0:35:440:35:46

When he was coming down the stairs, you will hear, "Ouch! I fell!"

0:35:460:35:52

I couldn't explain why he fell.

0:35:520:35:55

That was when I began having concerns about him injuring himself.

0:35:550:36:02

Keeping Josiah safe from physical harm became a full-time job

0:36:020:36:05

for his family, so when school offered an activity

0:36:050:36:09

that would help him focus his energy, they jumped at the chance.

0:36:090:36:13

Your donations support Josiah and 25 other kids from his school

0:36:130:36:17

attend weekly ski sessions.

0:36:170:36:20

For Josiah, it's a chance to practise his social skills outwith

0:36:200:36:23

the safety of school and home.

0:36:230:36:25

OK, my man, what size are you? Size ten. Size ten, pal.

0:36:250:36:28

Most days, autism makes it a struggle for Josiah to feel independent,

0:36:380:36:43

but on the slopes, it's a different story.

0:36:430:36:47

Well done, Josiah. This is brilliant skiing.

0:36:470:36:51

'He likes the speed, he likes the freedom.

0:36:510:36:55

'When he was skiing and doing his turns,

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'he was in a zone and he was concentrating on his turns.

0:36:570:37:01

'Boy, does it ground him.'

0:37:010:37:03

Look down a wee bit.

0:37:030:37:05

Skiing offers Josiah the chance to channel his physical energy,

0:37:050:37:09

but that's not all.

0:37:090:37:11

He's very, very outgoing now.

0:37:110:37:14

I like skiing because it's fun. OK.

0:37:140:37:17

His new hobby has given him the confidence to reach new heights.

0:37:170:37:21

He can now go to the top on the chair lift.

0:37:210:37:24

I think Josiah is very pleased with himself.

0:37:240:37:28

Right, go!

0:37:280:37:29

I did it!

0:37:290:37:31

The first time he went up there, he came back and was like,

0:37:310:37:34

"I went to the very top!"

0:37:340:37:36

You could see that excitement in him.

0:37:360:37:38

"I went to the very top!"

0:37:380:37:40

Look at that view.

0:37:400:37:42

It's just a wonderful feeling seeing him being able to reach his potential.

0:37:440:37:47

He can ski independently.

0:37:500:37:53

It's lovely to see.

0:37:530:37:55

In fact, Josiah's balance has improved so much

0:37:550:37:58

there's been another major benefit.

0:37:580:38:00

He's not falling ever since he started skiing.

0:38:010:38:05

He just loves it.

0:38:050:38:08

When he comes back sometimes he says,

0:38:080:38:10

"Daddy, I am the ski champion!"

0:38:100:38:13

And he likes to tell us how fast he was going.

0:38:140:38:17

When I saw him I was like, "Wow!"

0:38:170:38:21

I had never thought he had that ability.

0:38:210:38:24

He's really done well,

0:38:240:38:26

and that made me very, very proud of him.

0:38:260:38:28

KNOCKING

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This is the Maggie's Centre in Glasgow,

0:38:490:38:52

a place where people diagnosed with cancer and their families

0:38:520:38:56

can visit for some much-needed support.

0:38:560:38:59

To have anyone in your family diagnosed with cancer is devastating.

0:38:590:39:03

Our next film is a very moving story.

0:39:030:39:06

It shows how your money allows Maggie's to help children

0:39:060:39:10

deal with that situation.

0:39:100:39:12

My mum is really fast.

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She's very sporty, she does loads of exercise.

0:39:220:39:26

She's very fit, yeah.

0:39:280:39:31

She just goes out and runs and she's done races before,

0:39:310:39:36

she's faster than her friends.

0:39:360:39:38

Running and playing sport, I love it.

0:39:400:39:44

I think as long as I can keep doing that, and the kids, as long as they

0:39:440:39:48

can keep seeing me doing all the things I love, they think I'm OK.

0:39:480:39:51

Six years ago, Annette was diagnosed with cancer.

0:39:530:39:57

Since then it's been a constant presence in her family's life.

0:39:570:40:01

Your initial urge is to protect the children.

0:40:040:40:07

There are times when everything's fine and then suddenly

0:40:080:40:12

I'm diagnosed again with something else, and that is scary for them.

0:40:120:40:16

You struggle to know how you're going to deal with it.

0:40:160:40:19

How do you speak to kids about that?

0:40:190:40:20

Nobody's got the experience, really, to be able to do that.

0:40:200:40:23

That was one of the most difficult things.

0:40:230:40:26

I worry about my mum quite a lot.

0:40:260:40:28

Every time she gets cancer or every time something happens,

0:40:280:40:35

it's just a bit scary.

0:40:350:40:38

This, everything, you know, the sickness in the bathroom,

0:40:380:40:41

everything, they're aware of what's going on,

0:40:410:40:43

and there's no hiding that.

0:40:430:40:46

It hurts me to see them having to deal with this.

0:40:460:40:49

During these difficult times,

0:40:510:40:53

Annette and her children turn to Maggie's - a group of centres across

0:40:530:40:57

the UK that support all sorts of families who are facing cancer.

0:40:570:41:01

For Annette, Maggie's was just across the road

0:41:020:41:05

from where she was being treated in Edinburgh.

0:41:050:41:08

When I was having my last IV chemotherapy, I looked out of

0:41:080:41:12

the window to see the kids joyously playing at Maggie's.

0:41:120:41:18

It was just fantastic.

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I knew from that moment on that they would be OK.

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LAUGHTER

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Yeah, exactly, that was from one of the kids' days that we had.

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Somebody got a bit enthusiastic with red paint.

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Don't get any ideas, by the way. You're not going to do that.

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Maggie's has just been phenomenal. I mean, it really has.

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Tell me what you're going to do this time.

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Thomas and Amelia can go and they can talk to Andrew about things.

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You know, they can talk openly about treatment,

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about hair falling out, about all sorts of things,

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and they just feel that comfort and reassurance.

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Maggie's is about having a space to talk about feelings,

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but trying to make sure it's not done in a pushy way,

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to try and to give kids particularly a range of different angles

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to think about how they might express what's going on for them.

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'It's normal to feel worried,

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'it's normal to feel anxious and a bit frightened,

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'but talking about it can make a real difference.'

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He understands.

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Andrew would like kind of explain stuff more...

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and I wouldn't really talk to anyone else, I don't think.

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In July, 2015, Annette was told that her cancer had spread...

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..and this time it was incurable.

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We spoke to the kids straightaway.

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We just sat down on the bed one night

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and they could tell we were really upset.

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And just said to them, "Things have got really bad.

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"And it's in Mummy's bones and bone marrow."

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It was hard, really hard.

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And we just all had a cry for about an hour.

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And then the first thing they asked for was Maggie's.

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Because of your donations,

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Maggie's was there to support the children once again,

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and it will be there in the future.

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It just worries me because I don't know what's happening next.

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When I talk about it I let out my feelings, it makes me feel better.

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The uncertainty for the kids is something that worries me constantly.

0:43:230:43:28

It's not knowing and not knowing how they will be able to cope with things.

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And I want to spend every moment with them,

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but I don't know where I'm going to be in six months' time or a year.

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I just want them to enjoy life and be happy,

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and to me, it's a comfort knowing that Maggie's is there for them.

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The money you've given to Children In Need

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helps many charities like Maggie's,

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groups that rely on donations just to keep going,

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and as you saw with Annette and Thomas and Amelia,

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the work you support can be life-changing.

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Let's have some more music now

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and a beautiful rendition of God Only Knows from Michael Buble.

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# I may not always love you

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# But long as there are stars above you

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# You never need to doubt it

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# I'll make you so sure about it

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# God only knows what I'd be without you

0:45:260:45:31

# If you should ever leave me

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# Though life would still go on, believe me

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# The world could show nothing to me

0:45:510:45:56

# So what good would livin' do me?

0:45:580:46:02

# God only knows what I'd be without you

0:46:050:46:10

# God only knows what I'd be without you

0:46:170:46:22

# God only knows what I'd be without you

0:46:550:47:02

# If you should ever leave me

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# Then life would still go on, believe me

0:47:130:47:17

# The world could show nothing to me

0:47:200:47:24

# But what good would living do me?

0:47:270:47:32

# God only knows what I'd be without you

0:47:370:47:43

# God only knows what I'd be without you

0:47:500:47:55

# God only knows

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# What I'd be without you. #

0:48:060:48:10

APPLAUSE

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Since 1990, a staggering ?90 million has been distributed

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to groups in Scotland.

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Every penny you donate will help change a young person's life.

0:48:410:48:45

Young people like Leah, who battles every day with chronic pain.

0:48:450:48:49

12-year-old Leah lives with a painful condition

0:48:510:48:54

that controls her life.

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I've had arthritis as long as I can remember.

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She was five when diagnosed with arthritis.

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I don't remember ever being pain-free.

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The condition affects almost every joint in Leah's body.

0:49:070:49:10

Mostly, it's my knees, my ankles and my jaw.

0:49:100:49:15

My legs especially will get very stiff

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and it will be really hard to move them.

0:49:180:49:21

I've had problems with my fingers as well.

0:49:210:49:24

It can be absolute agony.

0:49:240:49:26

Leah's life has to be scheduled around taking her medicine.

0:49:270:49:31

Without it, things would be very different.

0:49:310:49:33

If I didn't have a weekly injection, I don't think I'd be able to walk.

0:49:330:49:38

I don't want to be stuck in a wheelchair because that's what

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will happen if I don't have Methotrexate.

0:49:420:49:45

But even with medication,

0:49:470:49:49

pain stills dominates Leah's life.

0:49:490:49:52

I do hide the pain...

0:49:530:49:55

..for as long as I can.

0:49:570:49:59

I'll stretch the joints that are sore.

0:49:590:50:03

It's quite tricky to tell someone without arthritis

0:50:030:50:08

how it feels to have a pain in your legs or wherever it is.

0:50:080:50:14

Managing her arthritis can be a lonely experience for Leah.

0:50:140:50:18

It could be so sore my emotions get the better of me

0:50:180:50:23

and I can start to cry because it is so painful.

0:50:230:50:27

Your donations support a project that helps Leah.

0:50:310:50:34

Arthritis Care organises activities for kids from across Scotland.

0:50:340:50:39

For Leah, it's a chance to socialise with others

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who live with the condition.

0:50:420:50:44

It's a relief to be able to just sit with people that have got arthritis.

0:50:440:50:48

They know what it's like to be stiff or to be sore.

0:50:480:50:51

You're like trying to explain your pain to a colour-blind person.

0:50:510:50:54

You can't explain a colour to a colour-blind person. Yeah.

0:50:540:50:57

And if you haven't experienced our pain,

0:50:570:50:59

then you won't know what that pain feels like.

0:50:590:51:01

I can be myself with no judgements about how my arthritis affects me

0:51:010:51:05

because everyone in the room is the same.

0:51:050:51:07

Today, the group is learning practical tips that will help

0:51:070:51:10

them at home and school.

0:51:100:51:12

Knowing your limits, so don't do too much. Yeah, good.

0:51:120:51:15

A little time is spent relaxing big muscles in the body.

0:51:150:51:19

Think about your calves.

0:51:200:51:24

Your calves are warm.

0:51:240:51:27

Heavy...

0:51:270:51:30

Now it's on to the small muscle workout.

0:51:300:51:33

You are going to start trying to make the person across from you

0:51:330:51:36

laugh and giggle using your face.

0:51:360:51:38

THEY GIGGLE

0:51:390:51:41

Spending time with other kids who understand how she feels

0:51:480:51:51

really improves Leah's life.

0:51:510:51:54

It's really fun to just hang out with them.

0:51:540:51:57

It can have a massive impact on living with arthritis.

0:51:570:52:01

It makes it so much easier.

0:52:010:52:03

Rocking the piano! 'It definitely makes a difference in my life.'

0:52:030:52:06

Children In Need has been helping children in every corner of

0:52:340:52:36

Scotland for over 30 years.

0:52:360:52:39

Every year we say your money can change lives and our next film

0:52:390:52:43

shows just how that can happen.

0:52:430:52:46

In 2004, we featured a girl called Megan.

0:52:460:52:49

At the time, Megan was lonely and felt isolated.

0:52:490:52:52

12 years on, how did the help of a local group,

0:52:520:52:55

funded by Children In Need, change her life?

0:52:550:52:58

We caught up with her to find out.

0:52:580:53:01

Back in 2004, your donations supported

0:53:020:53:06

a 14-year-old girl from Dundee.

0:53:060:53:08

Megan differs from other teenagers.

0:53:080:53:10

She has multi-complex learning difficulties.

0:53:100:53:13

She has trouble making and maintaining friendships.

0:53:130:53:16

She feels very isolated.

0:53:160:53:18

Not having any true friends is upsetting.

0:53:180:53:21

It makes me feel nervous to meet other people.

0:53:210:53:25

I worry in case they don't want me included.

0:53:250:53:28

The Dream Time project helped Megan learn about friendships.

0:53:280:53:31

My hope for the future is to have friends who I could trust.

0:53:360:53:40

I'll be jumping around everywhere saying, "Yes!

0:53:400:53:43

"I've met a good friend! Thank you!"

0:53:430:53:45

12 years later, Megan's life has totally moved on.

0:53:470:53:51

I don't feel so afraid to socialise with people.

0:53:510:53:54

Hiya! How are you? OK, thanks.

0:53:540:53:56

Good, good. Three items.

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'I've come on a lot.

0:53:590:54:01

'I'm not so shy.'

0:54:010:54:03

?10.45 and your receipt.

0:54:030:54:05

OK? No bother.

0:54:050:54:06

Being part of the project gave Megan the confidence to make

0:54:060:54:10

lasting friendships.

0:54:100:54:11

Today, friends are an important part of her life.

0:54:110:54:14

I've met loads of friends through college.

0:54:150:54:17

I have found more than one true friend.

0:54:190:54:21

Megan is kind, helpful, always there if something happens or helps me

0:54:240:54:29

if I need something.

0:54:290:54:31

I'd be lost without her.

0:54:310:54:32

Children In Need really gave me hope.

0:54:340:54:37

I was such a sad child.

0:54:370:54:38

I felt worthless, but now I feel happy and that I'm worth something.

0:54:380:54:44

Children In Need have made a big difference.

0:54:460:54:49

They've made my dreams come true.

0:54:500:54:52

You have the power to make someone's life better.

0:54:550:54:59

Every penny you donate will help a disadvantaged child or young person.

0:54:590:55:04

Children In Need has been supporting local and national groups for more

0:55:040:55:07

than 30 years but there is always more work that can be done.

0:55:070:55:11

Playing us out tonight is a group of brilliant kids

0:55:110:55:14

doing their bit to help others -

0:55:140:55:16

the Scottish Children In Need Choir

0:55:160:55:18

with their version of Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling.

0:55:180:55:21

Thank you and thanks for watching.

0:55:210:55:23

# I got this feeling inside my bones

0:55:310:55:36

# It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on

0:55:360:55:40

# All through my city, all through my home

0:55:400:55:45

# We're flying up, no ceiling, when we in our zone

0:55:450:55:49

# I got that sunshine in my pocket Got that good soul in my feet

0:55:490:55:53

# I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops, oooh

0:55:530:55:58

# I can't take my eyes up off it, moving so phenomenally

0:55:580:56:02

# You're gonna like the way we rock it, so don't stop

0:56:020:56:06

# Under the lights when everything goes

0:56:060:56:10

# Nowhere to hide when I'm getting you close

0:56:100:56:14

# When we move, well, you already know

0:56:140:56:19

# So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine

0:56:190:56:23

# Nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance

0:56:230:56:27

# Feeling good, good, creeping up on you

0:56:270:56:29

# So just dance, dance, dance, come on

0:56:290:56:32

# All those things I shouldn't do But you dance, dance, dance, yeah

0:56:320:56:36

# Ain't nobody leaving soon, so keep dancing

0:56:360:56:40

# I can't stop the feeling

0:56:400:56:42

# So just dance, dance, dance I can't stop the feeling

0:56:420:56:46

# So just dance, dance, dance, come on

0:56:460:56:49

# Ooh, it's something magical

0:56:490:56:53

# It's in the air, it's in my blood, it's rushing on

0:56:530:56:57

# Don't need no reason, don't need control

0:56:570:57:01

# I fly so high, no ceiling, when I'm in my zone

0:57:010:57:05

# I got that sunshine in my pocket Got that good soul in my feet

0:57:050:57:10

# I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops, ooh

0:57:100:57:14

# I can't take my eyes up off it moving so phenomenally

0:57:140:57:18

# You're gonna like the way we rock it, so don't stop

0:57:180:57:22

# Under the lights when everything goes

0:57:220:57:27

# Nowhere to hide when I'm getting you close

0:57:270:57:31

# When we move, well, you already know

0:57:310:57:35

# So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine

0:57:350:57:40

# Nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance

0:57:400:57:44

# Feeling good, good, creeping up on you

0:57:440:57:47

# So just dance, dance, dance, come on

0:57:470:57:49

# All those things I shouldn't do But you dance, dance, dance

0:57:490:57:52

# And ain't nobody leaving soon, so keep dancing

0:57:520:57:56

# I can't stop the feeling

0:57:560:57:59

# So just dance, dance, dance I can't stop the feeling

0:57:590:58:11

# I can't stop the feeling

0:58:130:58:15

# Got this feeling in my body I can't stop the feeling

0:58:150:58:23

# Wanna see you move your body I can't stop the feeling

0:58:230:58:27

# Got this feeling in my body

0:58:270:58:30

# Got this feeling in my body

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# Got this feeling in my body, come on. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Jackie Bird will be showing us how the money you donate to Children in Need helps the lives of so many people throughout Scotland, and how you can still make a donation. The programme will also feature some special highlights from appeal night - including a special Children in Need Fantastic Beasts sketch - plus two performances from our BBC Scotland Children in Need choir, brought together from schools across Inverness-shire.