BBC Children in Need raised £60.7m last year

The figures have yet to be audited, so the final total might still exceed the record £61m collected in 2016

Children in Need: waiting for final audited figures
Children in Need: waiting for final audited figures

BBC Children in Need raised £60.7m in its 2017 appeal, it has announced, broadly in line with the previous years’ totals.

The final audited figure for 2016 came to a record-breaking £61m, but was initially announced as £60m, making the newly announced 2017 figure the highest total at this stage, before audit.

The 2017 live televised fundraising event on 17 November brought in an on-the-night total of £50.1m, the highest amount for that stage to date. The overall total has yet to be audited and could still change.

The charity said the 2017 total was the culmination of the efforts of every single person across the UK who did something to raise money, from skydiving to sponsored silences and bake sales.

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: "People across the UK should be feeling incredibly proud. It is hard to put into words what an enormous impact this money will have on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK."

In 2017, BBC Children in Need allocated £71m in grants to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK, the charity said.

Antrobus said: "To our fantastic supporters who made this possible, and who once again went above and beyond to make a difference, thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you."

The growth of money raised by live telethon events has slowed in recent years. The 2016 Children in Need figure was up by £6m from the £55m raised in 2015.

The amount raised by Comic Relief has fallen from a record high of £108.4m in 2011 to £76m in 2017, and its sister event, Sport Relief, raised £38.2m on the night of this year’s event, £17m less than the total at the same point two years ago.

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