BBC’s Children In Need appeal raised £57million last year with the help of Marcus Rashford, Kylie Minogue and Joe Wicks
- The fundraising giant revealed it raised a total of £57 million with its 2020 appeal
- In the pandemic the charity has been able to award 2,700 grants worth £73m
- Their appeal was backed by celebrities including Marcus Rashford and Joe Wicks
- Shawn Mendes, Cher, Nile Rodgers and Robbie Williams all sung for the show
BBC Children In Need has revealed it raised a total of £57 million with its 2020 appeal – the 40th year of the charity’s fundraising efforts.
The anniversary show marked the first ever virtual version of the appeal, and was hosted by Alex Scott on BBC One in November.
The fundraising total continued to rise from the on-the-night figure of £37 million as donations continued to come in.
During the pandemic the charity has been able to award 2,700 grants jointly worth £73 million.
Children In Need’s 40th anniversary show in November featured appearances from famous faces including pop stars Kylie Minogue and Dolly Parton, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and fitness guru Joe Wicks.
Kylie Minogue led the line-up for the appeal’s Children In Need single Stop Crying Your Heart Out
The Body Coach star Joe Wicks raised £2.5 million for the appeal with the 24-hour PE challenge
The fitness fanatic burned more than 10,000 calories during his fundraising event, which left him with aches ‘everywhere’
The Body Coach star burned more than 10,000 calories during his fundraising event which saw him exercise alongside a host of famous guests including Sam Smith and Kimberly Wyatt as well as hosting HIIT sessions for the public to join in with.
Wicks raised £2.5 million for the appeal the 24-hour PE challenge, which left him with aches ‘everywhere’.
Footballer Marcus Rashford also appeared on the show to discuss children going hungry with the lack of free school meals following the government’s decision to vote against the extension of them.
He highlighted how donations could help children like him, after he was supported through school with free school meals.
Marcus Rashford also supported the appeal, appearing on the show to discuss children going hungry with the lack of free school meals
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During the pandemic the charity has awarded £73million to those in need.
A total of 2,700 grants have been handed to local charities and projects supporting children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.
- £35.1m to help those who have been isolated and address the impact on emotional wellbeing and mental health;
- £18.7m in grants to support those facing increased financial uncertainty;
- £1.9m in awards to help bereaved children and young people come to terms with their loss;
- £11.8m in grants to support disabled children and young people;
- £9.8m in funding to help keep children and young people safe from harm.
The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge, which saw Matt Baker and six young people embark on a journey on rickshaws, also raised £6 million.
Shawn Mendes, Cher, Nile Rodgers and Robbie Williams were among those to provide musical entertainment during the programme.
BBC Children In Need chief executive praised the ‘kindness and generosity’ of the British public.
Simon Antrobus also higlighted how far the money will go in changing young people’s lives.
He said: ‘Our supporters across the UK can be incredibly proud of this total, and the vital impact it’s making.
‘After a year of immense challenge and uncertainty for children and young people facing disadvantage, this is a testament to the kindness and generosity of the Great British public that over the course of the pandemic we have delivered £73 million to help children and young people navigate through the challenges of Covid-19, providing a lifeline when it was needed most.
‘Our incredible supporters have shown once again that together, we can change young lives, and that we will always be here for the children and young people across the UK that need us.’
In a change to past years, Strictly Come Dancing held a special performance alongside fans of the show as they followed along with pre-recorded tutorials from the 2020 stars and professionals.
Chris Ramsey, presenter Mel Giedroyc, and comedian Stephen Mangan also took turns presenting different segments in the November appeal.
Danny Dyer also made an appearance on the show, as he hosted a special edition of The Wall alongside his EastEnders co-stars to raise money for Children In Need.
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