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Two million from BBC Radio 2

Generous BBC Radio 2 listeners have raised almost £2m for this year's BBC Children in Need Appeal.

A cheque for £1,869,394 was handed over to Sir Terry Wogan during the annual fund-raising television show last night on BBC 1.

Phil Hughes, Radio 2's Children in Need co-ordinator comments: "Children In Need is one of the highlights in Radio 2's calendar of events and I'd like to thank all of our listeners for their unstinting generosity."

Sir Terry Wogan's auction of Things Money Can't Buy on his breakfast show Monday to Thursday, Chris Evans' Drivetime Dine and Drive Disco auction on Thursday afternoon, and Friday's Music Marathon, all formed part of the network's week-long round of fundraising activities.

Listeners to Wake Up To Wogan raised £460,500 in the Things Money Can't Buy auction, with one of this year's highest bids fetching £35,000 for Children In Need for a cookery and food package donated by legendary chef Raymond Blanc.

Sir Terry says of the amount raised by Radio 2 listeners for the charity: "The great British public have brushed off the cobwebs of recession and come up trumps by raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the children. Hoorah for the Radio 2 listeners!"

Chris Evans also held an auction in his Radio 2 Drivetime show on Thursday afternoon, raising £530,823.

At the end of the night, Children in Need raised over £20 million.

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