BBC Radio 2 raised £4,010,974 – its biggest ever total – for BBC Children in Need after presenters Jon Holmes, Terry Wogan & Chris Evans held events.
A special edition of Weekend Wogan from the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End raised more than £86k. Sir Terry Wogan was joined by special guests including Dionne Warwick, Tim Minchin, The Overtones, Matt Cardle, James Torme and Melanie C and Emma Bunton. The programme was followed by a special dinner and auction of money-can’t-buy lots.
Stand Up For Pudsey – which raised £35k – was held on Monday, October 22 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Comedians Jo Brand, Julian Clary, Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray, Chris Ramsey, Lucy Porter, Henning Wehn and Radio 2’s Jon Holmes provided the entertainment for the audience. They were joined by performers including Scouting For Girls, Michael Kiwanuka, Civil Wars and the cast of Jersey Boys.
On BBC Children in Need Day itself, Radio 2 offered its BBC Children in Need Jukebox and played twelve hours of music requested by the station’s listeners.
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show raised £3.6m from CarFest – four days of live auctions and a text-in competition.
Bob Shennan, Controller Radio 2 and 6 Music says: “Our listeners have been extremely generous this year. This is an absolutely amazing amount of money. It will go towards making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children all across the UK.”