BBC Radio 2 listeners dig deep to raise £4,187,522 for this year's BBC Children in Need Appeal

Once again the Radio 2 audience has shown just how generous they are. BBC Children in Need is an important charity which does extremely important work. So thank you to everyone who donated.”Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music
Date: 15.11.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Category: Radio 2
£4,187,522 has been raised by generous BBC Radio 2 listeners to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

The staggering amount of money was raised after a series of fundraising activities, including gala performances, money-can't-buy auctions and some of the station’s biggest names, including Sir Terry Wogan and Chris Evans, lending their support to the annual Appeal.

On 27 October Sir Terry Wogan kicked off the fundraising with a glittering celebrity Gala Lunch at the Savoy in London with performances from Tim Rice’s new show From Here To Eternity, musical theatre star John Owen Jones, Erasure’s Andy Bell and The Overtones, which raised more than £100,000, plus a Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Gala Performance featuring a very special appearance by Pudsey himself, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 7 November, which helped raise over £51,000.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show also got behind the Appeal with exciting live auctions across four days, with bidders adding a staggering £2.7million to the fundraising pot. The exclusive events that were put under the hammer included:

The Super Swing Auction - £194,190

A perfect package for golf-lovers who are keen to brush up on their game with golf supremoes Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose.

The Dirty Dozen Auction - £946,651

The chance for 12 lucky couples to drive traffic-stopping, classic and super cars around the beautiful English countryside, when the Magnificent Seven and Famous Five take to the road in 2014. Plus the chance to feel the G-force on a race track and enjoy other exciting stopovers en route and VIP treatment at the Dine And Disco Extravaganza.

The Dine And Disco Auction - £695,697

25 pairs of tickets were up for grabs for the fun-filled Dine And Disco Extravaganza featuring an evening meal prepared by Paul Hollywood, Giorgio Locatelli, and Tom Kerridge plus stars including Sir David Jason, Gary Barlow, James Blunt, Eliza Doolittle and Stereophonics twinkling in the ‘Teepee of Love’ before a chance to take to the dance floor.

Eight Go Mad in Monaco - £842,225

It was full-throttle for a Terrific Thursday, with the return of the Eight Go Mad in Monaco Auction which will send the winners to next year’s famous Monaco Grand Prix as very special guests.

And CarFest 2013 - a festival of cars, music and food held across two weekends - raised £1.1million and a text-in competition that raised almost £39,000.

Ken Bruce brought Pop Master to Manchester on 6 November for a special version of his famous radio quiz with members of the public battling it out for the top pop spot. And on BBC Children in Need Day itself, Radio 2 offered listeners the chance to turn DJ for the day by pledging money to play records on the BBC Children in Need Jukebox.

Jo Whiley visited a selection of BBC Children in Need-funded projects and Radio 2 ran a series of reports across the station demonstrating how BBC Children in Need funding can really help change people lives.

BBC Children in Need this year is also all about 'heroes', and for the first time ever BBC Radio 2 has been encouraging listeners to download and donate. For 99p listeners could download Radio 2 presenters interviewing their heroes to find out what inspired them to achieve great things, from Jeremy Vine talking with Katie Piper and Steve Wright speaking with Jeremy Paxman, to Ken Bruce interviewing British racing car legend Stirling Moss, Chris Evans and Sir Paul McCartney - with the 99p downloads from the sale benefitting The BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: “Once again the Radio 2 audience has shown just how generous they are. BBC Children in Need is an important charity which does extremely important work. So thank you to everyone who donated.”