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Upshares Downshares: More than £70,000 raised. And you can help raise more

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Eddie Mair | 17:56 UK time, Friday, 19 November 2010

In November 2008, Nils Blythe began his nightly report on the world's economic woes. We asked listeners to suggest a name for it and David Cartwright came up with Upshares Downshares.

We began to play the original theme to Upstairs Downstairs by Sandy Faris, and listeners - without being asked - started to perform their own versions and send them in.

When the recession, and the nightly slot ended, in January several listeners suggested we sell a CD of everyone's hard work.

On October 18th, the CD went on sale. Last week we set ourselves a target of selling 5,000 CDs.

Tonight, I can tell you that we have sold more than 7,000 CDs and have raised at least £70,000 for BBC Children In Need - in part because people have sent extra money. And the cheques are still coming in

THANK YOU if you've ordered one. We are now working hard to clear the backlog.


Don't worry if you haven't yet ordered your CD. You still have time.

We will process all the orders we receive, even into next week. So please just post your order today and we'll take care of it.

Your cheque or postal order for 10 pounds should be made payable to Children in Need Appeal.

You should send it to "Upshares Downshares, Room G601, BBC TV Centre, London W12 7RJ".


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