BBC Children in Need announces 2018 fundraising total: £58 million

Once again our incredible supporters across the UK have done themselves proud. This is a tremendous result and will allow us to continue our vital work to help make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive, BBC Children in Need
Date: 11.07.2019     Last updated: 11.07.2019 at 11.46
Today (Thursday 11 July), BBC Children in Need announced its fundraising total for the 2018 Appeal, £58m. The charity says that the incredible total would not have been possible without the public once again coming together to help raise money to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

The 2018 total is the culmination of the efforts of every single person across the UK who did something to raise money, from rambles, dance-a-thons and duck races, to sky diving, quiz nights and bake sales.

The 2018 total grew to £58 million as donations and fundraising income continued to pour in following BBC Children in Need’s 2018 Appeal show which culminated with an on-the-night total of £50.6 million. The 2018 Appeal show was an epic evening of entertainment, with live music from the likes of Jamie Cullum, Boyzone and Anne Marie, Appeal films, a Mastermind Special as well as lots of exciting surprises throughout the evening on BBC One.

Highlights from the 2018 Appeal include BBC Radio 2’s amazing fundraising efforts spearheaded by Chris Evans and the Breakfast Show team which saw millions raised through CarFest and the Breakfast Show’s incredible auctions, Countryfile’s 2018 calendar and Ramble weekends, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge and a BBC Children in Need Rocks concert.

BBC TV and radio stations across the nations and regions threw themselves into fundraising whilst the charity’s corporate partners, including Asda, Boots and Greggs, once again galvanised customers and staff to support Pudsey. And of course, hundreds and thousands of fundraisers across the UK came together to support the charity in many different ways, including over 18,000 schools up and down the UK doing their thing for Pudsey.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 3,000 projects across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. In the last year alone, BBC Children in Need has been able to make a real difference to 580,000 young lives in communities the length and breadth of the UK.

Speaking of the total, Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, says: “Once again our incredible supporters across the UK have done themselves proud. This is a tremendous result and will allow us to continue our vital work to help make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. As a charity we exist to support organisations in communities across the UK which empower children and extend their life choices, and this phenomenal total will go a long way in helping us make a lasting impact. An enormous thank you to everyone who once again went above and beyond!”

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

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