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BBC Children in Need 2014 raises a huge £32.6m for Charities

Updated on November 15, 2014
Children in Need 2014
Children in Need 2014 | Source

Let Raise Some Money!

Last night dawned the eve of the 2014 BBC Children in Need TV broadcast.

The event was hosted by Sir Terry Wogan alongside Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw and as always was a huge success.

The night saw everything from the cast of Eastenders performing Grease and a Tom and Jerry special to performances by Boyzone, S Club 7, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, The Script and the cast of West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, not forgetting a extra special performance from Donny Osmond and the cast of musical Made In Dagenham.

Believe it or not Children in need has come a long way since its first telethon in 1980.

The BBC Television Centre in support of BBC Children in Need.
The BBC Television Centre in support of BBC Children in Need. | Source

Helping Children in Need for 34 Years

Children in Needs first telethon was broadcast back in 1980 containing a series of short segments linking the evening's programming in place of its usual continuity.

It was and still is devoted to raising money for charities working with children in the United Kingdom.

It was presented by Terry Wogan (now Sir Terry), Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen and saw a large increase in public donations; on its first year the Children in Need appeal raised £1 million.

The format was then developed throughout the 1980s to improve the telethon segments, allowing them to grow longer this in result causing the regular programming to be dropped altogether from 1984 to turn the telethon appeal into a single continuous programme.

In 1988, BBC Children in Need finally became a registered charity (number 802052) in England and Wales, followed by registration in Scotland (SC039557) in 2008.

Sir Terry Wogan has been at the forefront of the appeal from the very beginning and still is to this day, even after scaling down his other BBC commitments.

Sir Terry Wogan displaying his MBE.
Sir Terry Wogan displaying his MBE. | Source

The Telethon

For all of you who have been reading this article and thinking "what is the Telethon?"; well here's your answer.

The telethon features performances by top singers and groups of the year alongside appearances of other celebrities shown at some point during the seven-hour long programme performing various activities such as sketches or musical numbers.

On this years telethon we saw performances by:

  • Boyzone
  • S Club 7
  • Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
  • The Script
  • The cast of West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Plus Donny Osmond alongside the cast of musical Made In Dagenham.

The telethon also featured the return of Sir Bruce Forsyth to Strictly Come Dancing to help find a young ballroom champion.

Rochelle Humes from pop group The Saturdays joining as a presenter of the telethon.

One Direction playing on the set of Eastenders; with four former characters from the soap opera making appearances from beyond their fictional graves.

Ian Beale, a long time recurring member of the Soap encountering his late ex-wife Cindy, mother Kathy and daughter Lucy and finally Pat Evans behind the bar of the Queen Vic.

A new cartoon starring Tom and Jerry made especially for Children in Need.

Gareth Malone and his all-star choir performing the Children in Need single, Wake Me Up.

We also saw the end of the fourth Children in Need rickshaw challenge, which saw six young people travel 450-mile (724km) journey across England alongside the One Show host, Matt Baker.

The extravaganza panned across six-and-a-half hours and was broadcast from the BBC's Elstree studios.

The BBC Children in Need iconic figure Pudsey Bear.
The BBC Children in Need iconic figure Pudsey Bear. | Source

So How Did We Do This Year?

Well to know this we need to look back at the history of the Children in Need telethon fund raiser, I am going to look back at the past 10 years as a pose to the full 34 years, to avoid boredom from the statistics.

If you'd like to visit the full statistics, please visit this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_in_Need#Overview

2004
Broadcast total:
£17,156,175
Total Raised:
£34,200,000

2005
Broadcast total:
£17,235,256
Total Raised:
£33,200,000

2006
Broadcast total: £18,300,392
Total Raised:
£33,600,000

2007
Broadcast total: £19,089,771
Total Raised:
£37,500,000

2008
Broadcast total:
£20,991,216
Total Raised:
£38,500,000

2009
Broadcast total:
£20,309,747
Total Raised:
£40,200,000

2010
Broadcast total:
£18,098,199
Total Raised:
£36,600,000

2011
Broadcast total:
£26,332,334
Total Raised:
£46,100,000

2012
Broadcast total:
£26,757,446
Total Raised:
£43,300,000

2013
Broadcast total:
£31,124,896
Total Raised:
£49,600,000


This year BBC Children in Need raised a huge £32,620,469 broadcast total making last years overall total of £49,600,000 seem like a strong possibility again this year.

Pudsey Shortbread for Children in Need.
Pudsey Shortbread for Children in Need. | Source

Make that Possibility a Reality!

So now it's up to us to make sure we raise as much as we possibly can for Children in Need, so that they can help to make the lives of as many disadvantaged children as they can, easier.

So please, please, please give what you can.

If you haven't already donated to Children in Need, please do so now, or as soon as you possibly can, because every single pound can make a difference.

If you have already donated money, then Thankyou!
and if you can, please continue to give as much as you can to Children in Need.

We are helping to change the lives of those who need it.

Please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/corporate2/childreninneed
For more information.

Or: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/22w0vNWLPftNlYjwPtclpDw/donate
To donate what you can.

Thank You!

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