Two million from BBC Radio 2
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Two million from BBC Radio 2

BBC Radio 2 listeners contributed £2m to the total of £20.9m raised at this year's Children in Need events, with one anonymous caller bidding £100,000 in the Auction Of Things Money Can't Buy for a guitar master class with Mark Knopfler.

Local radio stations around the country also held special events, presenters being auctioned off to building a record breaking sugar cube tower.

On Radio 2, Chris Evans contributed £16,039 with his Drivetime Dine and Disco auction, and a Music Marathon helped formed part of the network's week-long round of fundraising activities.

Chris also held an auction in his Radio 2 Drivetime show on Thursday afternoon, raising more than £450,000.

He auctioned places in seven Ferrari sports-cars to drive in convoy from Radio 2 in London to the New Forest for an evening of relaxation before a two-day extravaganza, where the seven highest bidders – joined by 30 other bidders and a friend each – enjoy a round of golf before going to Chris' pub to enjoy food cooked by Giorgio Locatelli, followed by a live performance by Ocean Colour Scene. They all then head off to Goodwood the following day to watch The Festival of Speed.

Breakfast presenter Sir Terry Wogan says of the amount raised by Radio 2 listeners for the charity: "Everybody has been telling me this is a tough year. But, in my experience, the British public always react best in stressful times and I know they won't forget the children. Well done Radio 2 listeners!"

BBC Radio Oxford have released an album of James Bond cover versions, called A Quantum Of Covers, which is available on iTunes. BBC London auctioned photographs, books, CDs and DVDs autographed by stars including Barbara Windsor, Liza Minnelli, Julie Walters, Jackie Collins and Richard Madeley, and BBC WM's Phil Upton and Mollie Green started cooking in a local cafe and serving Pudsey Butties to the regulars.

Meanwhile, BBC Radio Solent presenter Jon Cuthill broadcast live from West Quay Shopping Centre in Southampton attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the world's tallest sugar cube tower which he achieved and now proudly displays the certificate on his desk!

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0 0 372 16 November, 2008 Industry News 1:19 am 200811 Sunday, November 16th, 2008

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