Pandemic didn't stop the generosity of the British public
BBC Children in Need has revealed its fundraising total for its 2020 topped £57million.
Donations and fundraising income continued to pour in following the show last November, which culminated with an on-the-night total of £37million.
During the pandemic the appeal has awarded 2,700 grants to a value of £73million to support local charities and projects addressing a range of issues affecting children and young people.
This includes £35.1m in funding to address the impact of sustained isolation on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Highlights from the 2020 Appeal include Joe Wicks MBE’s epic 24-hour non-stop PE challenge with BBC Radio 2, which raised a spectacular £2.5millon, contributing to BBC Radio 2’s overall total of £2.8 million, Countryfile’s 2020 calendar and Ramble special, which raised an incredible £5.6million, DIY SOS’ big build special, which raised a whopping £1.3million and The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge, which raised a remarkable £6million.
Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, 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 £73million 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. Thank you."