So far this evening, Pudsey’s already feeling the love and generosity of the public with an amazing £4,364,411 raised to help change thousands of young lives right here in the UK.
Celebrating his 32nd Appeal and kicking off the show was host Sir Terry Wogan, joined by TV darlings Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton, who will be presenting the seven-hour entertainment marathon live from London's BBC Television Centre.
The night kicked off with the One Show BBC Children in Need Special, where Matt Baker was welcomed back from his Rickshaw Challenge where he raised over £1 million for BBC Children in Need. Matt has cycled from Edinburgh to London on a rickshaw and the public support has been outstanding, as he has covered 484 miles over eight days.
The first hour of the show has seen TV and musical favourites take to the stage to help raise funds for BBC Children in Need, including:
- A sensational opening performance from One Direction singing What Makes you Beautiful
- The Wizard of Oz showing their support for BBC Children in Need
- Olly Murs visiting Dorton House Nursery for an Appeal film on visual impairment
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 Show Their Spots and Raise Lots.
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.
The BBC Children in Need Appeal show marks 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.
BBC Press Office