AS a famous pop star and telly heart-throb, Peter Andre certainly knows how to throw a party.
But none will be as special as this bash for deserving youngsters and their families.
When he heard heartbreaking stories affecting children on his own doorstep, the 39-year-old was determined to make a difference.
So big-hearted Peter has joined BBC Children In Need to transform his Brighton cafe into a Pudsey-themed tea party for the day – and invited some very special VIPs.
“You wouldn’t think the area where I live, or indeed where many of us live around the UK, has problems like this,” he says.
“But the stories of social deprivation, poverty and how people are struggling aren’t coming from a Third World country. They are right here.
“I wanted to celebrate the good work Children In Need does and give people who really need it a good day out.”
“Peter is referring to people such as Michelle Gibney and her one-year-old daughter Scarlett, who are enjoying the party at his New York Coffee Club.
The pair have been invited because they receive support from Brighton Unemployed Centre’s Families Project, a CIN-funded project that helps young children from families suffering from multiple deprivation.
“Scarlett was born with lots of problems,” says Michelle,32.
“She has the rare Russell-Silver Syndrome, a form of dwarfism and body asymmetry.
“I had to give up my job to look after her and being a single parent it is hard financially. Some weeks we don’t have enough money to feed us both so I have put her needs first.”
It’s clear this cause means the world to Peter, who stops for a chat with Albanian-born Julja Hamataj, her three-year-old daughter Hannah and 10-week-old baby Tia.
“I just want to do the best for my children,” she tells us.
“The project is helping me study so I can get qualifications to go back to work.”
Also attending the party are teens from the local Young Carers Centre, who also receive funding from CIN.
Carrie Summersett, 16, from Hove, rarely gets a break from being a full-time carer to her brother Owen, 11, who has autism.
She says: “Owen’s condition means he has the mental age of a three-year-old. He relies on me 24/7 but it’s worth it as he doesn’t have anyone else.”
Dean Cauldecourt, 15, cares for his dad, who has multiple sclerosis, and his mum, who has a disability affecting her back.
“I do the washing, the tidying, cleaning and cooking,” he says.
“Mum and Dad can’t do much around the house now. I get them up in the morning and each day depends on how they are feeling.
“I’m studying for my GCSEs this year so it’s a hard year. I worry a lot about my dad and don’t have a lot of free time to see friends. Support from the Young Carers Centre really helps.”
Also here are members of The Crew Club, another CIN-backed project which helps many kids stay out of trouble on Whitehawk, one of Brighton’s toughest council estates.
Lacie-May Snow, 17, explains: “The estate has crime, poverty and unemployment.
The Crew Club helps keeps kids off the streets and stops many going down the wrong path.”
Looking around at Peter’s party, it is great to see just how many people are helped by CIN.
Also attending are the Fun In Action for Children Project, a befriending service to kids in high social deprivation, and The Brighton & Hove Integration Project, a youth club for disabled and non-disabled children and young people and those from low-income families.
One of its members, Michael Gobel, 17, who has autism, is at the party with his foster mum, Nikki Buttress, who says: “The Children In Need funding means Michael gets days out that we couldn’t usually afford.”
Last year’s BBC Children In Need raised a record-breaking £46million and this year organisers hope to top that.
Every penny donated goes towards helping disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.
They are currently support-the UK. They are currently supporting 2,600 projects, helping causes such as poverty, children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect and disabled young people.
But it’s stories like 16-year-old carer Beth Mitchell’s that really hit home.
“Mum had a heart attack in January,” she says.
“It’s just the two of us at home so I have to do everything. We both also have a rare bone disorder called multiple epiphyseal dysplasia but mum has got much worse lately.
“Young Carers has really helped me to get to college, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to leave the house. This event makes everyone see what life for us is really like.
“I’ve been told people look up to me because I care for people. But we all look up to Pete because he recognises who we are and the work we do.”