BBC Children in Need’s 2020 appeal raises more than £37m on the night

16 Nov 2020 News

BBC Children in Need’s 2020 appeal raised more than £37m on the night, which is £10m less than its 2019 appeal.

A total of £37,032,789 was raised on the night, with the final total expected to be announced later. Money is expected to come in from thousands of fundraisers already held, or scheduled to happen, across the UK.

The charity’s 40th-anniversary telethon, broadcast on BBC1 on Friday evening, aimed to raise money for children and young people facing disadvantage in communities across the UK.

This year's show was presented by Chris Ramsey, Alex Scott, Mel Giedroyc and Stephen Mangan. The show opened with a performance from Kidz Bop, included an interview with Little Mix.

Later in the show, Joe Wicks was welcomed to the stage following his 24 hour non-stop Radio 2 PE challenge and was told that he has raised over £2m. 

Simon Antrobus, chief executive at BBC Children in Need, said the appeal had been “a truly special evening” and he had seen “an abundance of kindness”.  

He added: “We know that children and young people across the UK need our support now more than ever because sadly, the pandemic has made life even harder for those who were already vulnerable or at risk, but this remarkable total really will go on to help make a difference. 

“Our incredible supporters have shown once again that together, we can change young lives, and that we will always be here for the children and young people across the UK that need us most. Thank you.”

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