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11-year-old Scot steals the show at Children in Need

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The annual fundraiser raised £4.6m north of the border – just under 10% of the UK wide total

An 11-year-old boy from Scotland stole the hearts of the nation on Friday night as BBC’s Children in Need raised a record £46,624,259, including £4.6 million north of the border.

Lauchlan Muir, From Bo’ness, received the first ever Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award in memory of the former presenter who died in January of this year.

Lauchlan was recognised for his efforts in raising over £10,000 for the appeal by performing as a human statue in shopping centres across central Scotland.

Appearing on the show (pictured above) in a segment alongside Sir Terry’s son, Mark, a proud Lauchlan said he had been inspired by Children in Need six years ago.

I only found out I'd won this morning when my brothers woke me up with confetti cannons

"I won a Pudsey Bear in a raffle in Primary One, when I was five - and that year I watched the Children in Need show," he said.

"And when I saw everything on it, I decided to fundraise the following year."

Lauchlan had only discovered he had won the award earlier in the day.

"I only found out I'd won this morning when my brothers woke me up with confetti cannons congratulating me," he added.

Mark Wogan said Children in Need was the thing his father was most proud of in his entire career.

Congratulating Lauchlan he added the award aimed to recognise the spirit behind the fundraiser.

"It is about people who have gone above and beyond for charity, who have raised not necessarily enormous amounts, but who showed determination and creativity and people who inspire other people to do great things," he added.

As is the case every year, this year’s show featured a full night of television across BBC One and Two featuring presenters Greg James, Graham Norton and Tess Daly, performances from the likes of Little Mix, Craig David and the casts of Strictly and EastEnders.

Celebrities including James McAvoy, Matt Baker, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Sheen, Sheridan Smith and Ellie Simmonds reminded the country about where their money goes with stories of the children and young people who have received support from BBC Children in Need funded projects.

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “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!”

“This total represents an exciting culmination of fundraising activity for BBC Children in Need - but it will continue to rise as the money pours in from the thousands of events already held, or scheduled to happen, across the UK.”

Last year's telethon raised just over £37m.



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over 7 years ago
I wouldn't accept an award named after Terry Wogan if you paid me. Speaking of being paid, the great 'Sir' had been the only star to be paid each year since 1980 till he was rumbled in 2007. For the show in 2005 he received over £9,000. A total chartlatan.
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