The 2015 Appeal show marked the crescendo of this year’s fundraising activities with a special night of family entertainment to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people right here in the uk.
tv stars Tess Daly, Dermot O’Leary and Fearne Cotton, The Saturdays’ Rochelle Humes, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and EastEnders favourite Shane Richie came together to present the showbiz marathon live across BBC One and BBC Two.
The stage came to life with musical performances from Ellie Goulding, Rod Stewart, Jess Glynne, Peter Andre, Selena Gomez and many more.
The star studded extravaganza also featured celebrities from the world of television who came together to become the charity’s fundraising heroes and help raise those important pounds for Pudsey. From Warwick Davis, who was joined by Star Wars’ R2-D2 and C-3PO attempting to find a worthy winner to help trigger the first BBC Children in Need totaliser of the night, to Harry Hill’s History of tv sketch, to the cast of EastEnders performing Top Hat and Call The Midwife stars taking to the Strictly Ballroom.
Helping drive the phenomenal total higher, BBC Radio 2, The One Show and Countryfile announced their fundraising totals for 2015. BBC Radio 2’s fundraising was led by Chris Evans and the amazing Radio 2 Breakfast Team, and tonight they announced that their 2015 fundraising contributed an incredible £5.7 million to Appeal. The One Show’s 2015 Rickshaw Challenge also helped drive the total with £3.4 million raised, and Countryfile announced a staggering total of £1.6 million.
Other highlights of the evening included:
- The much anticipated exclusive Star Wars sketch which saw R2-D2 and C-3PO joined by Warwick Davis as they attempted to find a worthy winner to help trigger the first BBC Children in Need totaliser of the night. Stars who made an appearance included Sir Terry Wogan, Tom Daley, Mel Giedroyc, Lord Sugar, Sue Perkins, Martin Freeman, Martin Clunes, Ricky Wilson, Danny Dyer, Barbara Windsor, Lewis Hamilton and will.i.am.
- Sir Bruce Forsyth returned for a Strictly Come Dancing special – which saw Call The Midwife stars taking to the Strictly dance floor alongside professional dancers. The special saw Laura Main take home the Strictly glitterball.
- Scott Mills undertook his adrenalin-charged challenge, which saw him abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park.
- A performance from Ellie Goulding singing her new single Army live from Elstree.
- The cast of EastEnders putting on a spectacular performance – EastEnders does Top Hat.
- 1,000 school children from The Children’s Choir coming together from across the uk for a stunning performance of The Climb.
- Selena Gomez singing her brand new song Same Old Love.
- Peter Andre singing Come Fly With Me from The Queen Vic.
- An exclusive History of tv sketch from Harry Hill.
- Jess Glynne performed BBC Children in Need’s 2015 single, Take Me Home.
- A live performance from Rod Stewart performing Way Back Home at BBC Elstree.
The real stars of the night however have been the children and young people who have featured in the Appeal films and shared their stories about how, with the support of the BBC Children in Need funded projects, they have been able to transform their lives.
Tonight’s record breaking Appeal total represents an exciting culmination of fundraising activity for BBC Children in Need, but this evening’s total will continue to rise as the money pours in from the thousands of events already held, or scheduled to happen all around the uk. From bake sales, to quizzes and rambles, a huge community of supporters has joined forces to become fundraising heroes for BBC Children in Need.
And it’s not too late to get involved, either by organising a fundraising event, calling our donation line on 0345 733 2233 or visitingbbc.co.uk/pudsey.
David Ramsden, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need says: “People of the uk should be feeling incredibly proud of what has been achieved this evening. Their remarkable generosity will go on to help us change a lot of young lives.”
Tony Hall, BBC Director General says: “Thank you to everyone who’s taken part – doing whatever they can for Children in Need. But, most of all, thank you to all our viewers and listeners for every moment of support they’ve shown and every donation they’ve made.”
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