Children in Need raises ‘phenomenal’ £26.7million for charity
09:49 17 November 2012
The BBC’s annual Children in Need charity telethon raised more than £26 million during last night’s seven hour live television show, beating the 2011 total.
Donors pledged £26,757,446 to the charity extravaganza and the amount is set to rise in the coming weeks.
The embattled corporation, which is dealing with the fallout of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal and botched Newsnight investigation, raised £26.3 million during the 2011 live show, with the total growing to over £46.9 million after the big night.
David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said the total was phenomenal.
“It is amazing that people across the UK have once again come together to raise such a massive sum,” he said.
“Thank you so much for helping to change thousands of young lives across the UK.”
This year’s event was kicked off from west London’s BBC Television Centre by Sir Terry Wogan, who was joined by co-hosts Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton.
TV and musical favourites taking to the stage to get the party started included One Direction, with a performance of While We’re Young.
Girls Aloud also made their long-awaited comeback after three years apart, taking to the stage in matching orange off-the-shoulder tulip dresses.
The group performed the official BBC Children in Need AA side single, Something New, and Beautiful Because You Love Me, for the first time on television.
British stars Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding also took part in the show while Australian songstress Kylie Minogue performed a medley of her hits.
Sir Terry addressed the current crisis enveloping the BBC in a video segment he introduced.
The presenter said: “Children should be able to trust adults, that should be a given; our role is to protect them.
“Sadly, as we know, there are times when adults abuse that trust and in the film we’re about to show you, three workers from Children in Need-funded projects who help and support support children and victims of sexual abuse tell us the dreadful effect that abuse has had on young lives, but how, with your help, we can make a difference.”
The segment included the statistics that more than one in three sexually abused children do not tell anyone else about it.
Highlights of the fundraiser also included an exclusive Doctor Who “prequel” to its Christmas special, featuring the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.
There was also a Strictly Come Dancing special with two of the previous most memorable contestants, Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant, while Lord Sugar appeared in a special edition of EastEnders.
The programme kicked off with The One Show BBC Children in Need Special, in which the youngsters involved were welcomed back from a rickshaw challenge.
The team raised more than £1.1 million for the appeal after they cycled from Llandudno to London on a rickshaw, covering 411 miles over eight days.
Former chorister Aled Jones led the The Choir, which united 2,500 children across the UK in a performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw took over presenting duties from pregnant Cotton later in the show, which saw performances from Paloma Faith, Stooshe and Charlotte Church.
Sir Terry, the Children in Need life president, added: “Thank you for a wonderful total and all you have done for Children in Need.”