BBC Children in Need Appeal 2013 raises the highest total ever, £31.1million!

People from around the country have joined together to raise a simply staggering sum of money for disadvantaged children. I am never prouder of the BBC than on Children in Need Day."Tony Hall, BBC Director-General
Date: 16.11.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.50
The Great British public have come together once again and raised an amazing £31,124,896 for BBC Children in Need!

Celebrating its 34th annual Appeal, the show marked the crescendo of this year’s fundraising activities with 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, Zoe Ball and Radio 1 DJs Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw to present the seven-hour entertainment marathon live across BBC One and BBC Two from BBC Elstree.

The stage came to life with musical performances including Ellie Goulding, One Direction, McFly, Busted, Wet Wet Wet and JLS.

The star-studded extravaganza also featured the great and the good of the small screen who came together to become the charity’s fundraising heroes and help raise those important pounds for Pudsey,  from Harry Hill performing Aha’s classic Take On Me, to Torvill and Dean hitting the Strictly dance floor and Catherine Tate visiting Holby City.

BBC 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 £4,187,522 to the 2013 Appeal.

The One Show’s incredible Rickshaw Challenge also helped drive the total even higher with an amazing £1,354,000 raised.

Tonight’s Appeal Night Show 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 days spent BearFaced or in pyjamas, 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

David Ramsden, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, says: “Tonight’s total is incredible. The generosity of people across the UK is truly amazing."

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

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, says: “People from around the country have joined together to raise a simply staggering sum of money for disadvantaged children. I am never prouder of the BBC than on Children in Need Day. On behalf of all at the BBC, I’d like to thank the staff, the stars and the Great British public for making this another day to remember - one that will help give thousands of children in the UK the chance to reach their full potential.”

BBC Press Office

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.
  • The BBC Children in Need Appeal Night Show last year raised £26.7 million at the end of the night.
  • 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 over 2,700 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 Boots, Post Office, Greggs, BT, DFS and ASDA.
  • For more information about BBC Children in Need please visit
  • 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.

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