BBC Children in Need appeal raises record 'on-the-night' total of £31.1m

The figure from Friday's televised event exceeds the previous record of £26.7m, raised on the night last year

One Direction with Tess Daly and Sir Terry Wogan
One Direction with Tess Daly and Sir Terry Wogan

This year’s BBC Children in Need appeal raised its largest on-the-night total of £31.1m on Friday.

The fundraising effort, which culminated in seven hours of TV on BBC1 and BBC2 on Friday night, featuring pop groups including One Direction and TV stars including the comedian Harry Hill, raised £31,124,896 on the night.

It is significantly higher than the £26.7m raised on the night last year, which was also a record.

The final total will be higher as money from local fundraising events comes in addition to donations made during the programme and events already held.

A spokeswoman for Children in Need was unable to provide a figure for last year's final total but said the charity gave out grants totalling more than £43m over the course of the year. 

The appeal raised £26.3m on the night in 2011 which grew to a final total of £46.9m.

The Children in Need charity supports 2,700 projects that are working with poor, neglected, abused or disabled young people and children in the UK.

David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: "Tonight’s total is incredible. The generosity of people across the UK is truly amazing."

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