Fundraiser reaches big figure.

The BBC’s annual Children In Need telethon was broadcast live to the nation last night across BBC One and BBC Two from BBC Elstree. The end of night total was a record £31,124,896.

Veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan once again presided over the entertainment marathon alongside Tess Daly, Zoe Ball, Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw.

Thank you for a wonderful total and all you have done for BBC Children in Need. – Terry Wogan, Children In Need Host and Life President

The telethon featured performances from Ellie Goulding, One Direction, McFly, Busted, Wet Wet Wet and JLS.

Stars from the small screen also did their bit for the cause with Harry Hill giving his take on A-ha classic ‘Take On Me’, Ice-skating legends Torvill and Dean competing on the Strictly dance floor, Catherine Tate’s Nan tormenting the staff and patients of Holby City, and the cast of EastEnders performing a dance extravaganza.

The BBC note that the total raised will continue to rise as money from events held up and down the country or scheduled to be held pours in.

From cake sales in the office, to talent contests at school, from sitting in a bath of baked beans to all the bike-a-thons, hop-a-thons, skip-a-thons and days spent BearFaced or in pyjamas, a huge community of supporters have come together to support Pudsey. – BBC Press

BBC Radio 2’s amazing fundraising this year was once again led by Sir Terry Wogan and Chris Evans and tonight they announced that their fundraising contributed an absolutely phenomenal £4,187,522 to the 2013 Appeal.

The One Show’s incredible Rickshaw Challenge also helped drive the total even higher with an amazing £1,354,000 raised.

Tonight’s total is incredible. The generosity of people across the UK is truly amazing. – David Ramsden, Chief Executive Children In Need

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