BBC Children in Need 2012 reaches highest total ever of £26,757,446

Tonight’s total is phenomenal. It is amazing that people across the UK have once again come together to raise such a massive sum. Thank you so much for helping to change thousands of young lives across the UK."David Ramsden, Chief Executive, BBC Children in Need
Date: 17.11.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.55
People across the UK have come together once again and raised a staggering £26,757,446 for BBC Children in Need!

Celebrating its 33rd 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 Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw to present the seven-hour entertainment marathon live across BBC One and BBC Two from London's BBC Television Centre

The stage came to life with top musical stars, including Girls Aloud, One Direction, Little Mix, Paloma Faith, Leona Lewis, Stooshe, Susan Boyle, Example, Ellie Goulding and Charlotte Church.

The star-studded extravaganza also featured the great and the good of the small screen who came together to show their spots and help raise those important pounds for Pudsey. From Alan Sugar appearing in Eastenders, to the BBC Newsreaders being in a special edition of Top Gear’s ‘Star in a Reasonable Priced Car’, 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 an absolutely phenomenal £4 million to the 2012 Appeal.

The One Show’s incredible Rickshaw Challenge also helped drive the total even higher with an amazing £1.1 million 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: “Tonight’s total is phenomenal. It is amazing that people across the UK have once again come together to raise such a massive sum. Thank you so much for helping to change thousands of young lives across the UK.”

Sir Terry Wogan, BBC Children in Need Life President said: "Thank you for a wonderful total and all you have done for children in need.”

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 of 26.3 million. That total grew to over £46.9 million over the course of the year.
  • 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, 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

Regional Breakdown

East -  1,857,910

East Midlands - 1,098,700

East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire - 621,032

London - 3,528,914

North East and Cumbria - 1,313,396

North West - 2,160,218

N. Ireland - 793,858

Scotland - 1,855,734

South - 1,783,234

South East - 923,582

South West - 722,580

Wales - 1,297,966

West - 998,423

West Midlands - 2,194,308

Yorkshire - 1,596,617

TV REGIONAL TOTAL - 22,746,472

Radio 2 - 4,010,974

BROADCAST TOTAL - 26,757,446

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