The annual televised charity Children in Need raised more than £32 million during the six-and-a-half hour broadcast on Friday night.
The number of donations, totalling £32.6m, was a record for the charity, which raises money for children and young adults who are disadvantaged. It exceeded the total donations for 2013 by £1.6m.
The TV event was hosted for the 35th year by Sir Terry Wogan, and co-hosted by television personalities, including Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes. It was watched by, on average, 8.3m people.
Children in Need appeal chief executive, David Ramsden, said: “People of the UK should be feeling incredibly proud of what has been achieved this evening. Their remarkable generosity will help us to change a lot of young lives,” while the director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, thanked the British public for their donations and praised the work of the people who took part in the various events.
Fundraising events created purely for the charity appeal included choirmaster, Gareth Malone, and an all-star choir creating a dedicated single entitled Wake Me Up, the return of Bruce Forsyth to Strictly Come Dancing, and a special cartoon featuring Tom and Jerry appearing with some of the BBC’s most famous faces.
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