Last year, BBC One’s six-hour telethon to raise money for Children in Need brought in £26.3 million. This year, that total was beat by more than £400,00. The event, hosted by Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly, and Nick Grimshaw, raised nearly £26.8 million.
Children in Need strives to give each child in the UK the opportunity to have a safe, happy, and secure childhood that allows them to reach their full potential. It funds programs that aim to help disadvantaged young people, aiming to create positive change.
“I just think it’s a sign of the whole of the UK getting behind Pudsey [the Children in Need mascot], coming out in force,” said Stevie Spring, the Children in Need chair.
The six-hour show featured performances by One Direction, Girls Aloud, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, and Tim Minchin among others. There were also dance numbers performed by various celebrities, including Single Ladies and Gangnam Style.
Other artists and organizations, such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, also teamed up and recorded music that will be sold and the proceeds given to the charity. Last year’s fundraising rose to £46 million over the course of the year, another record the organization hopes to break in the coming year.
The televised show also featured highlighted programs and work that Children in Need has done and will continue to do with the provided funding. Other fundraising efforts include the BearFaced campaign, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge, Designer Pudsey, Stand up for Pudsey, and more.