Children in Need fundraising total reaches £2.3m in Scotland

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Media captionEllie Goulding and Torvill and Dean were among the acts supporting Children in Need

The amount of money raised in Scotland for this year's Children in Need has topped £2.3m so far, a record for the fundraising telethon.

This beat the £2m that was raised across the country last year.

Across the UK the on-the-night total of £31m surpassed last year's £26m - a record high for Children in Need, which has been running since 1980.

All of the money raised goes to help children with disabilities, or who need support.

Fundraising events in Scotland included ceilidhs, marathon cycles in hotel lobbies and toddlers on sponsored hill climbs.

The total recorded on Friday was £2,347,519, but this is likely to rise as more donations come in.

Image caption Jackie Bird joined Pudsey for the Scottish part of the telethon at BBC Scotland

Radio Scotland's coverage kicked off with Macaulay and Co and continued later with Bryan Burnett.

Jackie Bird hosted the Scottish end of the TV event at the Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow, where 120 children from the Borders sang along with choirs from across the UK - one of the highlights of a star-studded programme.

Viewers also saw some of the projects in Scotland which have received CiN funding.

There was a special focus on a teacher from Ayrshire who, for the past 16 years, has helped her pupils raise more than £120,000 for Children in Need.

There was also a look at the work of the Ladybird Developmental Group in Lossiemouth which provides support for pre-school children with additional needs.

Image caption Susan Boyle also added her voice to the fundraising efforts in Scotland

In addition to Friday night's TV marathon, BBC Scotland will show a further hour-long programme on Saturday.

It will feature all the best bits from Friday night along with a special performance from Susan Boyle accompanied by the Royal Conservatoire Choir.

Young singer Nina Nesbitt will also be performing and there will be a special fundraising event with some familiar Scottish faces taking on the CiN Cooking Extravaganza with Tom Kitchin.

In aid of CiN, Tom put Kirsty Wark, Sanjeev Kholi, Catriona Shearer, Des Clarke, Susan Calman and James Morton through their paces in his own kitchen.

Split into teams they battled to have their team dish come out on top as they fed a restaurant full of hungry diners.

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