BBC Children in Need Appeal 2014 raises £32.6 million - highest total ever

Date: 15.11.2014     Last updated: 17.11.2014 at 12.20

The 2014 Appeal show marked the crescendo of this year’s fundraising activities with a glittering night of family entertainment to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

At the helm was BBC Children in Need’s Life-president Sir Terry Wogan who was joined by TV star Tess Daly, The Saturday’s singer Rochelle Humes and Radio 1 DJ’s Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw to present the seven-hour showbiz marathon live across BBC One and BBC Two.

The stage came to life with musical performances from One Direction, Cheryl, S Club 7, Gareth Malone’s All-Star Choir and The Script.

The star studded extravaganza also featured celebrities from the world of television who came together to become the Charity’s fundraising heroes and help raise those important pounds for Pudsey. From Ian Beale being visited by the ghosts of his past, to Tom and Jerry visiting iconic BBC shows to help raise money for BBC Children in Need, to the cast of EastEnders being transformed to Grease-Enders.

BBC Radio 2’s fundraising was led by Chris Evans and the amazing Radio 2 Breakfast Team, and tonight they announced that their 2014 fundraising contributed a phenomenal £6.1 million to the 2014 Appeal.

The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge also helped drive the total even higher with £2.3 million raised.

Highlights of the evening included:

• One of the most hotly anticipated reunions of the last decade took place as S Club 7 reunited and for BBC Children in Need, performing live together again for the first time since 2003. The S Club medley included S Club 7 classics Don’t Stop Moving, Reach, Bring It All Back and S Club Party.

• A world exclusive television performance of One Direction singing their brand new song Night Changes for the first time on TV alongside their current single Steal My Girl, live from the Albert Square Bridge.

• Gareth Malone and his All-Star choir performing the official BBC Children in Need single – Wake Me Up.

• Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) was in for the shock of his life when he was visited by some infamous ghosts from his past in an EastEnders Sketch; ‘The Ghosts of Ian Beale.’

• An exclusive preview of the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

• The cast of EastEnders being transformed into Grease-Enders for a very special musical treat.

• 1,685 school children from The Children’s Choir coming together from across the UK for a stunning performance of I’ll Stand By You.

• A spectacular medley of songs performed by West End hit musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

• Sir Bruce Forsyth returning for a Strictly Come Dancing special – which saw young talented ballroom champions taking to the Strictly dance floor in teams alongside professional dancers.

• A world exclusive of Cheryl performing Only Human live at BBC Elstree.

• Screen legends Tom and Jerry joined the BBC’s best loved faces and shows in a one-off cartoon.

• Musical performances from Susan Boyle singing Wish You Were Here, Donny Osmond singing Don’t Give Up Ronan Keating performing Falling Slowly and Rixton, singing Wait On Me.

• Shane Richie hosting live from the Queen Vic, along with a very special house band - The Script.

• Exclusive sneak peek of the Call the Midwife of Christmas special.

• Cirque de Soleil becoming Cirque de Albert Square.

• Gemma Arterton and the cast of brand new musical Made in Dagenham putting on a performance.

The real stars of the night however have been the children and young people who have featured in the Appeal films and shared their stories about how with the support of the BBC Children in Need funded projects, they have been able to transform their lives.

Tonight’s record breaking Appeal total represents an exciting culmination of fundraising activity for BBC Children in Need, but this evening’s total will continue to rise as the money pours in from the thousands of events already held, or scheduled to happen all around the UK. From bake sales, to entertainment shows and people undertaking incredible challenges, a huge community of supporters has joined forces to become fundraising heroes for BBC Children in Need.

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 bbc.co.uk/pudsey.

David Ramsden, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need said: “People of the UK should be feeling incredibly proud of what has been achieved this evening. Their remarkable generosity will help us to change a lot of young lives.”

Sir Terry Wogan, BBC Children in Need Life President said: "Thank you for all you have done for BBC Children in Need, the money raised this evening is going to enable us to make a real difference to disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.”

Tony Hall, BBC Director General said; “I’m delighted and proud that Children in Need has raised so much money for disadvantaged children this year. I’d like to thank the Great British public for all their donations, and our staff and stars for their hard work tonight and over the last few months. I know that the money raised will help make a real difference to children’s lives.”

Fundraising breakdown

BBC REGION 2014

East 2,436,507

East Midlands 950,233

East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire 573,001

London 4,289,050

North East and Cumbria 1,275,957

North West 2,647,921

N. Ireland 732,333

Scotland 2,213,430

South 2,172,028

South East 1,643,430

South West 841,356

Wales 1,320,050

West 1,162,888

West Midlands 2,415,285

Yorkshire 1,760,823

£ 26,434,291

UK WIDE INCOME 6,186,178

£ 32,620,469

Further information:

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 £31.1 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 2,600 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 Post Office, Boots, B&Q, Greggs and ASDA.

• For more information about BBC Children in Need please visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey

• 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 trading, investment income and Gift Aid to cover running costs.

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