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£15,305,212 raised by BBC Children in Need so far…

By 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.

Millions more are expected over the coming weeks and months as the public send in all the cash they've raised at fundraising events across the UK.

Amazingly, this amount is £1,805,212 higher than the same time last year, which itself broke all previous records. Regional totals

Martina 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.

"Huge 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."

The 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.

Viewers 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!

Shane 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 24 November.

At Television Centre in London, viewers were treated to performances by Rod Stewart, Sting, Phil Collins and Sir Cliff Richard.

Merthyr Tydfil hosted the largest live concert ever to be staged in South Wales Valleys featuring acts including Bryn Terfel and The Pretenders.

Westlife and Simply Red raised the roof in Belfast, and Gareth Gates wowed audiences in Glasgow.

Also performing were Enrique, Holly Valance, Atomic Kitten, Texas, Will Young, Rachel Stevens and Girls Aloud.

And 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 hit Scandalous.

Soapstars 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.

The 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!

The 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.

Morecambe & Wise's classic kitchen sketch set to The Stripper music was recreated by celebrity chefs Ainsley Harriott and Antony Worrall Thompson.

Several 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 Richie.

For 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.

Earlier BBC Radio 2 listeners raised £1,006,578 for this year's Children In Need appeal through auctions, competitions and a 24 hour music marathon.

This 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.

The regional totals are as follows:

Northern Ireland
Tunbridge Wells

The Charity

BBC Children in Need deals with some of the UK's most severe social problems every year.

Children helped by the charity include those affected by issues such as homelessness, HIV, sexual abuse and drug addiction.

A 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.

This 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.

Every 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.

Even 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 medical condition

• £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.

Some 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).

Don't forget, the donation lines are still open on 0845 733 2233 or visit

ASDA, BT and HSBC are Principal Corporate Supporters of the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Notes to Editors

BBC Radio 2 raises over a million for Children In Need

Pudsey says "Thank you Northern Ireland!"

Children In Need in Scotland - oh, what a night

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