BBC Children in Need Appeal hits £14.7 million at 10pm

Date: 16.11.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.06
Three hours in, and the Great British public has been digging deep for Pudsey, having already raised an astonishing £14,703,462 to help change thousands of young lives right here in the UK.

Taking the helm and kicking off the seven-hour entertainment show live from London’s BBC Television Centre on BBC One was the legendary Sir Terry Wogan, joined by TV stars Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton. So far, the show has seen TV and musical favourites take to the stage to get the party started, and highlights have included:

  • One Direction kicking off the show with a performance of While We’re Young
  • Girls Aloud performing for the first time on TV the official BBC Children in Need AA side single Something New and Beautiful Because You Love Me
  • Doctor Who exclusive 'prequel' to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for Children in Need and a preview trailer of the Christmas special, including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion
  • Strictly Come Dancing special with Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant
  • Britain’s Got Talent 2012 winner Pudsey the dog finally meeting his namesake, Pudsey bear, for an exclusive dance
  • Former chorister Aled Jones leading the The Choir, which united 2,500 children across the UK in an unforgettable performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Chris Moyles performing with comedy icons Morecambe and Wise. The late comedy duo were brought back as holograms to dance to their signature tune Bring Me Sunshine alongside Moyles.
  • Susan Boyle performing Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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 spotty fashion shows to the dreaded wax-off, a huge community of supporters have being showing their spots to help raise lots for BBC Children in Need.

The night kicked off with The One Show BBC Children in Need Special, where the youngsters involved were welcomed back from their Rickshaw Challenge, where they raised over £1.1 million for BBC Children in Need. Team Rickshaw cycled from Llandudno to London on a rickshaw, covering 411 miles over 8 days to receive outstanding public support.

Radio 2 once again got behind this year’s Appeal with Ken Bruce’s Popmasters; Sir Terry’s Weekend Wogan and Chris Evans’ spectacular auction. And tonight they announced that their fundraising contributed over £4 million to the 2012 Appeal.

And it's not too late to get involved, either by organising a fundraising event, calling our donation line on 0345 7 33 22 33 or visiting bbc.co.uk/pudsey.

Further information:

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Notes to Editors

  • The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity registered in England and Wales (802052) and Scotland (SC039557) whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
  • Last year had a final total on the night total of £26.3 million. That total grew to over £46.9 million after the big night.
  • BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. We will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience. We use the money we get to support projects working with disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.
  • We are currently supporting c.2,600 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.
  • The charity is supported by a number of corporate partners including Asda, Boots, Peugeot, Costco, B&Q, Greggs and BT.
  • For more information about BBC Children in Need please visit bbc.co.uk/Pudsey

For every penny you give us, a penny will go towards projects helping disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK. We are able to make this promise because the charity uses its investment income and Gift Aid to cover all running costs.