Children In Need is going to a great effort to get the public fundraising this year. But one of their new recruits may be a little unfamiliar to you. We answer who is Blu Hydrangea after their involvement with the charity.

It’s almost time for this year’s Children In Need and this time charity is calling upon the public to get SPOTacular! With a night full of fundraising events, including Joe Wick’s walkathon, many new faces have been recruited to help spread the word.

Last year, Children In Need raised an impressive £51 million for the children who need it most. This year they’re hoping to raise even more and those in need rise due to the cost of living crisis. One of those who is imploring the public to start their engines and donate is Blu Hydrangea.

Who Is Blu Hydrangea?

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race won’t need introducing to this queen. But for the rest of us, here’s the low down on this historic contestant.

Blu Hydrangea competed in the first-ever series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK in 2019. They lost out to Cheryl Hole in the lip sync battle and finished a respectful fifth. However, that wasn’t enough for the drag queen who returned in RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK vs the World earlier this year. Not only did Blu do better than their original stint, but they ended up winning the competition. The win made them the first Irish contestant to win any of the RuPaul Drag Race competitions around the world.

Outside of Drag Race

Blu is a part of the band Frock Destroyers along with fellow Drag Race alumni Baga Chipz and Divina De Campo. In 2019 the group made it into the UK Top 40 with Break Up Bye Bye which charted at 35. The following year, there was a campaign for the Frock Destroyers to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song contest which unfortunately didn’t amount to their entry.

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The band also host the popular web series Strictly Frocked Up where they watch and review Strictly Come Dancing with another drag queen.

Now, Blu has two series of Blu Beatz on YouTube where they give a tutorial on their looks from the runway. Currently, they have 13k subscribers. Blu also has over 400k followers on Instagram.

Getting Spotacular With Children In Need

Blu took to Instagram to help raise awareness about this year’s Children In Need and to encourage their followers to get fundraising.

“[Children In Need] are there to make sure every child has the chance to reach their full potential.”

Children In Need are currently funding 37 projects around the UK to support children with their sexual and gender identity. The funding has a value of £2.6 million to help those who need it the most. This year, they’ll be hoping to get even more funding to even more projects.

“Our funding ensures that these young people have access to a safe space and support network when they need it. As young people grow up, it’s also vital for them to have a place where they feel free to be themselves.”