The GREAT British public has risen to the occasion once again and raised a staggering £26,332,334 for BBC Children in Need – the highest on-the-night total ever.
Celebrating its 32nd Appeal, the show marked the crescendo of this year’s activities through a star studded feast of family entertainment in order to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.
At the helm was Sir Terry Wogan who was joined by TV stars Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Alesha Dixon to present the seven-hour entertainment marathon live from London’s BBC Television Centre.
The stage came to life with top musical stars including One Direction, The Saturdays, Westlife, Steps, Olly Murs with Rizzle Kicks, Will Young, Matt Cardle, Ed Sheeran and The Collective.
The star studded extravaganza also featured the great and the good of the small screen and the West End who came together to show their spots to help raise those important pounds for Pudsey. From EastEnders doing Queen, Hollyoaks belting out Forget You, to the BBC Newsreaders doing Strictly, the show was packed with performances to remember.
Radio 2’s amazing fundraising this year was once again led by Sir Terry Wogan and Chris Evans. And tonight they announced that their fundraising contributed a phenomenal £2,032,642 to the 2011 Appeal.
Matt Baker’s phenomenal Rickshaw Challenge also helped drive the total even higher with an amazing £1,263,272 raised.
Tonight’s Appeal Night represents an exciting culmination of fundraising activity for BBC Children in Need, but tonight’s total will continue to rise as the money pours in from the thousands of events already held, or scheduled to happen, around the UK. From cake sales in the office, to talent contests at school, from sitting in a bath of baked beans to all the bike-a-thons, hop-a-thons, skip-a-thons and the eye-watering wax-a-thons, a huge community of supporters have come together to support Pudsey.
And it’s not too late to get involved, either by organising a fundraising event, calling our donation line on 0345 733 2233 or visiting bbc.co.uk/pudsey.
David Ramsden, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need said: “It is amazing that people across the UK have come together to raise the highest ever Appeal Night Total. Thank you so much for helping to change thousands of young lives across the UK.”
The Final “On the Night” Total was: £26,332,334.