BBC Children in Need’s 2019 appeal, which was broadcast on Friday, has raised an “on the night” total of £47.9m.
The amount represents a £2.7m (5 per cent) fall on 2018, when a record £50.6m was raised on the night. The appeal had previously seen two consecutive increases, from the £50.1m and £46.6m raised in 2017 and 2016 respectively.
The 2018 figure eventually rose to a £58.0m final total as donations and fundraising income from across the UK was raised and counted in subsequent months.
The year’s other major fundraising appeal broadcast on BBC, Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, raised £63.5m on the night this year, which was £9.5m or 13 per cent less than its previous total in 2017.
Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “Our incredible supporters the length and breadth of the UK can feel incredibly proud of what has been achieved this evening.
“Saying ‘thank you’ seems insufficient, but I hope everyone who supported this evening accepts my heartfelt thanks for the millions of acts of kindness that have been shown this evening – every single text sent, pound in a collection tin or phone call made this evening, has led to this.
“The money raised tonight really will go on to make a lasting, positive impact on young lives – changing young people’s futures and giving hope when they need it the most. Thank you.”