Children in Need raises a record on-the-night total of £37.1m

This is £4.5m more than the previous record, posted last year; it's yet to be seen if the final total will be a new record

Children in Need: £37.1m on the night
Children in Need: £37.1m on the night

The BBC Children in Need appeal raised a record £37.1m on the night last week, £4.5m more than the previous high of £32.6m.

The annual event, which culminated in a six-and-a-half-hour live show on the BBC on Friday, raises funds to support disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

This year’s event included a Star Wars sketch featuring the actor Warwick Davis with the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, the cast of EastEnders performing the song Top Hat and a sketch by the comedian Harry Hill about the history of TV.

The previous on-the-night high of £32.6m was raised last year and the final total ended up being £49.1m, £500,000 short of the overall high, which was raised through the 2013 event.

The amount raised so far includes £5.7m from Chris Evans and the Radio 2 breakfast team and £3.4m from The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge, which featured a team of young people who had been supported by Children in Need projects pedalling a rickshaw from Land’s End to the EastEnders set at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire.

A Children in Need spokesman said the charity was thrilled with the result so far but it was too early to say whether it would lead to a new record final total.

He said the new on-the-night high was not down to any one particular factor, but totals were up across the board.

David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: "People of the UK should be feeling incredibly proud of what has been achieved this evening. Their remarkable generosity will help us change a lot of young lives."

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