Radio 2 listeners raise a record £2,032,642 for this year's BBC Children in Need Appeal

Children in Need is one of the highlights in Radio 2's calendar of events and I'd like to say a massive thank you to all of our listeners that have contributed to this year’s record breaking total."Phil Hughes, Radio 2 Editor
Date: 18.11.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.10
A record £2,032,642 has been raised by generous BBC Radio 2 listeners for this year's BBC Children in Need Appeal – beating the incredible £1,693,444 raised last year that helped change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children in the UK.

Sir Terry Wogan's auction of Things Money Can't Buy, The Children in Need Jukebox launched last Sunday by Richard and Judy and Chris Evans' auctions throughout the week (The Big Boundary Cricket Prize on Monday, The Super Swing Package on Tuesday, The Magnificent Seven on Wednesday and Dine and Drive Disco auction on Thursday morning), all formed part of the network's week-long round of fundraising activities.

Weekend Wogan event at The Savoy - £ 59,017

Sir Terry Wogan kicked off the Radio 2 Children in Need fundraising on 30th October with a special Weekend Wogan live from London's Savoy Theatre. Gary Barlow, Joss Stone, Michael Ball, The Ronnie Scott Jazz Band, Katie Melua and Englebert Humperdinck joined Sir Terry on stage for a very special live show. After the special show Sir Terry Wogan and other celebrity guests attended a charity auction hosted by Christopher Biggins at The Savoy – at which an impressive £59,017 was raised.

Things Money Can’t Buy - £202,600

Listeners to Weekend Wogan raised £202,600 in the 27th annual Things Money Can't Buy auction, with a Makeover and Style Weekend with Gok Wan and The Real Downton Abbey Experience raising a combined £60,000 towards the auction total.

On air on Sunday, Sir Terry said: "Thanks to every one of you that has bid in this auction for Things That Money Can’t Buy for Children In Need. On behalf of the children, on behalf or Britain’s children, thank you!"

Other money can’t buy auction packages included a flight to the Royal International Air Tattoo in a De Havilland Vampire T11 which raised £9,000; a walk down the red carpet at the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards and mingling with the winners at the after show party which raised £30,000; joining the captain on the bridge of a luxurious cruise ship which raised £20,500 and a culinary experience of a lifetime with a cookery lesson by the team at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, headed up by Raymond Blanc which contributed £15,500.

Old Grey Whistle Test memorabilia raised £4,100, an exclusive VIP football package at the PFA Player of the Year Awards added £14,000 to the total, an exclusive racing trip to Le Mans raised £22,000, an excursion on The British Pullman added £10,000 and a Children In Need lunch date with Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon, Fearne Cotton and Terry Wogan raised an impressive £17,500.

Children in Need Jukebox - £210,882

Last Sunday, following Sir Terry’s lead Richard and Judy presented their first Radio 2 show together to launch Radio 2's Children in Need Jukebox – where listeners pledged money for a chance to hear their favourite song on Radio 2. The Jukebox continued throughout Sunday afternoon in Michael Ball and Paul O'Grady’s show and during the day Radio 2 listeners raised a whopping £42,913.

Today (Friday 16th November) in his breakfast show, Chris Evans re-opened the Children In need Jukebox – inviting listeners to donate to hear their favourite Cliff Richard song. Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine, Patrick Kielty and Simon Mayo continued the fundraising throughout appeal day with special guests Twiggy, Sir Cliff Richard, Westlife's Nicky Byrne and Tony Blackburn dropping in to lend their support. The Children In need Jukebox total raised by Radio 2 listeners on appeal day was £210,882.

Chris Evans also held a number of auctions throughout the week during his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show and with the help of his listeners raised an incredible £1,475, 204 towards the network’s total contribution.

The Big Boundary Cricket Prize - £100,000

During his Monday morning Breakfast Show Chris auctioned The Big Boundary Cricket Prize – where the highest bidder handed over £100,000 to play a game of Cricket against the Legendary charity team Bunbury's – whose players include the likes of the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame, Audley Harrison and Harry Judd. Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff is set to captain the winning bidders team and Essex cricket captain Ronnie Irani and Chris Evans will also play alongside them.

The Super Swing Package - £140,000

Chris also auctioned an 18 hole round of golf with himself, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Chubby Chandler at Sunningdale Golf Club in the lot, The Super Swing Package. Included in this package was an overnight stay at The Langham Hotel, dinner at Roux at The Landau, as well as dinner at Sir Michael Parkinson’s Michelin Star Restaurant – The Royal Oak with Sir Michael Parkinson as their guest. The golfing experience contributed £140,000 to the network’s Children In Need donation.

The Magnificent Seven - £ 506,490

Chris auctioned places in seven Ferrari sports-cars (The 1960’s 275 GTB, the 1985 288 GTO, the 1992 I F40, the 512 TESTAROSSA, the 2011 SA APERTA, the 2011 FF and the 2012 458 SPIDER), where the successful bidders have won the opportunity to drive all of the cars during a drive and dine extravaganza. They will enjoy the amazing hospitality of the driver's banquet at luxury hotel Chewton Glen in the New Forest and will also get to go up the world famous hill climb at Goodwood in one of the cars, in front of tens of thousands of people. They will also have the rare opportunity of heading to Thruxton Race Circuit to meet Formula 1 racing legend Jody Scheckter, where he will then drive them round a flying lap in a Ferrari Enzo. The total raised was £506,490.

Drive Time Dine & Disco 2012 - £611,904

Also auctioned on the show was a five course dinner cooked by Giorgio Locatelli and his team from Locanda Locatelli for the Drive Time Dine & Disco 2012. The renowned chef called Chris live on air earlier in the week from the Maldives where he had been flown out to cook a white truffle dinner for a Russian Oligarch – the chef revealed that the winners of the package will be treated to a delicious Sicilian feast.

Included in the package is a round of Golf, champagne reception, a raffle at the event to win Chris’s old Ferrari (412i) - as donated by its new owner, freshly baked bread by Paul Hollywood (he's also offering a master class for those who don’t want to take part in the golf competition at Foxbridge), accompanying wines selected by Olly Smith, Chris DJ-ing, tickets to GoodWood Festival of Speed for Sunday 1st July 2012 and Tom Jones performing in the TeePee of Love. The total raised was £611,904. One of the lucky winners was Wolverhampton Wanderers Football manager Mick McCarthy who donated an impressive £20,100 for the Dine and Disco experience.

Phil Hughes, BBC Radio 2's Editor comments: "Children In Need is one of the highlights in Radio 2's calendar of events and I'd like to say a massive thank you to all of our listeners that have contributed to this year’s record breaking total."

Full information on BBC Radio 2's Children in Need fundraising activities can be found at bbc.co.uk/radio2.

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