Good Children in Need totals predicted

Early indications show that the amounts raised for the 2007 Children in Need appeal are the best yet. The appeal, which took place on BBC TV and radio on 17 November, raised £19,089,771, breaking last year's record of £18,300,392.

Appeal night represents a high-profile crescendo of fundraising activity for the Children in Need Appeal, but the highest source of income for Children in Need is public fundraising in the run-up to the event.

“We don't learn about many of the thousands of events taking place around the UK until we receive the money,” said a spokeswoman. “Early indications are very good, but it is still too early to say what our final total will be.”

This money will continue to come in months after the telethon, and the final total is known only when the charity closes its books.

The Do Something Different fundraising theme for this year’s appeal included sailors crossing the Solent in giant hollowed-out pumpkins to raise funds.

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