BBC Children in Need has announced the final fundraising total for its 2016 appeal, raising a record £60m.
The on-the-night televised appeal took place in November and raised £46.6m, with the total growing to £60m as donations and fundraising income from across the UK was paid in subsequent months. The total beats the previous record of £55m, which was the amount raised from the 2015 campaign.
It was the first Children in Need appeal to take place following the death of Sir Terry Wogan, who hosted the show for 35 years until poor health forced him to pull out of the 2015 show. Wogan died in January 2016.
Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “The impact this incredible amount of money will have on some of the most disadvantaged children and young people is hard to put into words; it really will go on to change the lives of young people across the UK who need it most. To our supporters who made this possible: thank you, we simply couldn’t have done it without you.”