This year’s BBC Children in Need has so far raised £46,624,259.
Funds raised included £5,813,784 by Radio 2, £347,486 and £2,607,182 by DIY SOS: Million Pound Build for BBC Children in Need, and Countryfile, and £3,565,044 by The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge, which saw Matt Baker and six young people who have all benefited from BBC Children in Need funding cycle the length of the country, from Jedburgh to New Broadcasting House. The ‘best bits’ from BBC Children in Need Rocks for Terry at the Royal Albert Hall, also raised £878,746.
The inaugural Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award was also awarded, to 11 year-old Lauchlan who, in his sixth year of fundraising for BBC Children in Need, performed as a living statue in shopping centres across Central Scotland. The award was created in honour of the late Sir Wogan who died in January this year and was the charity’s Life President, to recognise an outstanding individual or group for their fundraising for the charity.
This year, the TV event was presented by Greg James and Tess Daly, Graham Norton and Ade Adepitan, and Rochelle and Marvin Humes. As well as performances by stars including Little Mix, Zara Larsson, Busted, David Brent, and Craig David, the show also featured a Fantastic Beasts special, a kids’ edition of Would I Lie To You, an exclusive preview of the Dr Who Christmas Special, a Citizen Khan vs Citizen Kane sketch and a Call The Midwife Christmas clip.
Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said:
“Everyone should feel really proud. The remarkable generosity shown, and the amazing total raised, will go on to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK.”
Main image: Marvin Humes, Rochelle Humes, Graham Norton, Tess Daly, Greg James, Ade Adepitan – (C) BBC