BBC Children in Need raises record on-the-night total

The annual fundraiser, which culminated in a live television show on Friday night, has now raised more than £1bn since 1980

BBC Children in Need 2018
BBC Children in Need 2018

BBC Children in Need raised a record total of £50.6m on the night of its televised appeal.

Friday's appeal generated £50.6m, which is up on last year's record £50.1m. The 2017 appeal eventually raised £60.7m, the charity announced in July.

This year's donations mean BBC Children in Need has now raised more than £1bn since its first major appeal in 1980.

The charity awards grants to organisations that help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Children in Need's recent fundraising success is in contrast to other live telethon events.

Comic Relief's sum fell from a record £108.4m in 2011 to £76m in 2017.

Its sister event, Sport Relief, raised £38.2m on the night of its appeal this year - £17m down on the same point two years ago.

BBC Children in Need's third Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser Of The Year award was presented to Keeley Browse, who has organised numerous fundraising events over the years.

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said the generosity shown on the evening "will go on make a lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK who really do need our help".

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