raised by BBC Children in Need so far
2.00am this morning, as Pudsey bear finally made his way to bed
after an exhilarating night of entertainment, £15,305,212
had been raised for BBC Children in Need.
more are expected over the coming weeks and months as the public
send in all the cash they've raised at fundraising events across
this amount is £1,805,212 higher than the same time last year,
which itself broke all previous records. Regional
Milburn, Chief Executive of the charity, said: "What a fantastic
evening and what an achievement. It
is hard to believe that we have topped last year's total.
thanks to all the celebrities who took part and all the public who
donated. Every single penny will go to help disadvantaged children
in the UK."
inexhaustible Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin presented
a seven-hour broadcasting marathon on BBC ONE, the BBC's biggest
broadcasting event which links BBC centres all over the country.
pledged thousands to see Simon Cowell finally get his come-uppance
as he was sawn in half by Pete Waterman and his glamorous
assistant Nicki Chapman. Fortunately, he's all back in one
piece now, though!
Richie brought the house down with his cover of Wham!'s I'm
Your Man, this year's charity single which goes on sale on Monday
Television Centre in London, viewers were treated to performances
by Rod Stewart, Sting, Phil Collins and Sir
Tydfil hosted the largest live concert ever to be staged in
South Wales Valleys featuring acts including Bryn Terfel and The
and Simply Red raised the roof in Belfast, and Gareth Gates
wowed audiences in Glasgow.
performing were Enrique, Holly Valance, Atomic Kitten, Texas, Will
Young, Rachel Stevens and Girls Aloud.
Kim and Aggie from Channel 4's How Clean Is Your House boogied
with the Mis-teeq girlies in a squeaky clean remake of their
got in on the act too with a surreal remake of the Wizard of Oz
from actors in BBC soaps - EastEnders, Holby, Casualty
and Merseybeat; and Coronation Street's finest went
back to the Fifties with a Grease tribute.
Dead Ringers brought Doctor Who back to life in a Weakest
Link special - Jon Culshaw as Tom Baker and Jan Ravens as Anne Robinson
were joined by former Doctors Sylvester McCoy and Colin
Baker along with a Cyberman, Sea-Devil, Santaran and K-9!
BBC news team, including Andrew Marr, Michael Buerk, Jeremy
Bowen, Moira Stuart, Fiona Bruce and Anna Ford, couldn't resist
the chance to shed their composed and respectable image as they
got down to the Motown sound.
& Wise's classic kitchen sketch set to The Stripper music was
recreated by celebrity chefs Ainsley Harriott and Antony
lucky viewers won the chance to meet the stars - prizes included
a car signed by Kylie and a spin with the Top Gear team, pizza with
Busted, and dates with Ronan Keating, Sir Cliff Richard and Shane
viewers who didn't catch the whole night, the anarchic Reduced
Shakespeare Company boiled the whole seven hours down into one
three-minute shebang as the show came to an end.
BBC Radio 2 listeners raised £1,006,578 for this year's Children
In Need appeal through auctions, competitions and a 24 hour music
year, people have come up with all sorts of fun and daring ways
to raise money for the charity...
Two soldiers towed a piano around Britain by bike
A man from South Wales spent a day up an electricity pole
Two hundred couples in Glasgow participated in a Kissathon
in an attempt to break the world kissing record
Four men from Bacup, Lancashire played the longest ever game
of tiddlywinks by flipping counters for 12 miles
Two friends from London are rowing a boat 3,000 miles from
the Canaries to Barbados in a 60 day voyage.
regional totals are as follows:
Children in Need deals with some of the UK's most severe social
problems every year.
helped by the charity include those affected by issues such as homelessness,
HIV, sexual abuse and drug addiction.
grant from the charity could pay for anything from a qualified counsellor
or piece of equipment (for a disabled child, for example), to a
specially designed programme that could, quite literally, change
the course of a child's life.
could be a scheme to get homeless youngsters off the streets, or
one that would help a group of deprived children from the inner
cities achieve better results at school.
single penny of your donation goes to an organisation that helps
children - all the charity's overheads are paid for through the
interest earned on the money raised - therefore, if you donate £5,
a project will get the full £5.
the smallest donation is vital...
£260 could pay for one course teaching "independence
skills" to children with severe physical disabilities
£250 could pay for two underprivileged children to attend
a holiday club while their mother receives treatment for a life-threatening
£75 could pay for a specialist hospice nurse to look
after children with cancer for a day
£17 could pay for one session of therapy for a sexually
abused child or teenager
£4.99 could pay for a set of toy cars for a group of
children infected by HIV or Aids.
of the projects helped last year...
Single Homeless Accommodation - local organisation providing
housing and support services for young homeless people. Given a
one year grant for a housing project, provision of utilities and
a starter pack for 30 young homeless people (£15,000)
Positive Help - local organisation providing practical help
for up to 157 children affected by HIV. Given a one year grant for
the cost of the children's service (£10,000)
Schools Outreach - national charity providing counselling for
children experiencing difficulties at school. Given a three year
grant for the salary of a pastoral care worker based in a local
school to work with disaffected and vulnerable children on a deprived
housing estate in Swindon (£43,647)
Warrington Arc - charity supporting people/children affected
by violence and abuse. Given a three year grant for the part-time
salaries of a project worker, project manager and project administrator,
plus costs of a new project to provide workbooks to parents (£66,770)
Whizz Kidz - national charity providing customised mobility
equipment to disabled children in the UK. Given a one year grant
to provide mobility equipment for approximately 20 high priority
children on a waiting list (£50,000).
forget, the donation lines are still open on 0845 733 2233 or visit
BT and HSBC are Principal Corporate Supporters of the BBC Children
in Need Appeal.
Radio 2 raises over a million for Children In Need
says "Thank you Northern Ireland!"
In Need in Scotland - oh, what a night
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