Children In Need total rises to incredible £41million despite pandemic-hit show
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Children In Need has announced a new fundraising total of £41million following this year's show which had to be completley reworked given the coronavirus pandemic.
With its lacking a studio audience for the first time in the BBC show's history and running at a shorter length of only three hours, the appeal felt very different to previous years.
Despite the abnormal show, the Beeb have revealed this year’s updated fundraising total has hit a whopping £41,085,627 – and the figure is still rising.
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The updated total includes The Rickshaw Challenge fundraising total, which has risen to a whopping £5,391,916, Joe Wicks’ PE Challenge, which now stands at an incredible £2,520,693, DIY SOS’ remarkable total, which has increased to £1,262,835 and the Countryfile total, which has climbed to a phenomenal £3,921,173.
Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “Friday was an incredibly special night for BBC Children in Need, it was an evening full of kindness, hope and generosity, which will go on to help children and young people across the UK at a time when they need us most.
“We are absolutely overwhelmed with the total raised so far and cannot thank our remarkable supporters for once again coming together to help make a difference.
“Thank you so much.”
The BBC One fundraiser show, which aired on Friday night, was hit by unprecedented circumstances
At the end of Friday’s show, which was presented by the likes of Chris Ramsey and Alex Scott , it was announced that £37,032,789 has been raised so far by the charity that aims to improve the futures of children in the UK.
During the show, one of the show's presenters Mel Giedroyc praised viewers for their support.
"Children In Need has been going for an astonishing 40 years and we have only been able to do so because of you," said Mel.
She added: "Despite the challenges that we have come up against this year, and will continue to face while this pandemic plays out, we are strong because the hearts of the people who keep these projects alive are strong."
Among the celebrities who took part in challenges to raise money for the event were presenter Matt Baker for his annual Rickshaw Challenge and also The Body Coach himself, Joe Wicks.
Taking part in a gruelling 24-hour PE lesson, Joe was left exhausted at the end of the seemingly endless exercise marathon.
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Joe was awarded a Gold Blue Peter Badge for his efforts when appearing alongside presenters Chris Ramsey and Alex Scott on Friday night.
"My body aches, my bum, my feet, everything, but I'm so proud of what we have done," said Joe.
He added: "We have come together, people have been so kind and generous, and raised so much money through that challenge."
Joe's challenge alone managed to raise £2,520,693.
Elsewhere, a cover of Oasis track Stop Crying Your Heart Out also raised money, featuring the voices of Cher, Nile Rogers, Kylie, Bryan Adams, Robbie Williams, and many more.
Children In Need aired on Friday, November 13 from 7pm to 10pm on BBC One and is now available to watch on catch-up on BBC iPlayer.