BBC Radio 2 listeners have raised almost six million pounds towards the annual Children in Need appeal.
£1.1m of Radio 2’s total was for a single auction where one person paid to have Take That perform live in a private 45 minute gig.
This year was particularly special for Radio 2 listeners, as it was the first since host Terry Wogan passed away. Poignantly, the inaugural Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award – an accolade for the Charity’s fundraisers, of whom the late Sir Terry was a huge champion – featured for the first time. The award was given to 11 year-old Lauchlan who, in his sixth year of fundraising for BBC Children in Need, performed as a living statue in shopping centres across Central Scotland.
The station posted the total on its Facebook page, saying: “Thank you to BBC Radio 2 listeners for raising an unbelievable £5.8m for BBC Children in Need Terry would be so proud.”
Other auctions which raised money included Chris’ Tours to Carfest with Chris Evans, an Ultimate Tennis Package and a British Summertime Package giving the winner and 19 of his/her friends a hospitality suite at a gig in Hyde Park next year.
Last year the station raised just over £5m whilst in 2014 it raised £4.1m.
Altogether, Children in Need raised £46.6m. Presenters on the night included Greg James, Marvin Humes and Graham Norton. Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, says: “Everyone should feel really proud. The remarkable generosity shown, and the amazing total raised, will go on to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people all across the UK. Thank you!”