BBC Children in Need announced its fundraising total for the 2017 Appeal, £60,750,000. The charity said that the incredible total would not have been possible without the public once again coming together to help raise money to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.
The 2017 total is the culmination of the efforts of every single person across the UK who did something to raise money, from sky diving to sponsored silences and bake sales.
The 2017 total grew to £60.7 million as donations and fundraising income continued to pour in following BBC Children in Need’s 2017 Appeal show which culminated with an on-the-night total of £50.1 million. The spectacular 2017 Appeal show included incredible musical performances from the likes of Katie Melua, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and The Vamps.
Highlights from the 2017 Appeal include BBC Radio 2’s amazing fundraising efforts spearheaded by Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show which saw millions raised through CarFest and the Breakfast Show’s incredible auctions, Countryfile’s 2017 calendar and Ramble weekends, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge and a BBC Children in Need Rocks the 80’s concert. BBC TV and radio stations across the Nations and Regions threw themselves into fundraising whilst the charity’s corporate partners, including Asda and Boots UK, once again galvanised customers and staff to support Pudsey. And of course, hundreds and thousands of people across the UK came together to support the charity in many different ways, including schools up and down the UK going spotty for Pudsey, and community groups such as Rotary encouraging fundraising on a local level.
BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,700 projects across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. In the last year alone, BBC Children in Need has been able to make a real difference to 582,000 young lives in communities the length and breadth of the UK.
In 2017 BBC Children in Need allocated £71 million in grants to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people the length and breadth of the UK. Projects currently receiving funding include The Yard who benefit from a three-year grant of £99,005 to provide supported play sessions to disabled children and young people under the age of 18 from across Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife. In Northern Ireland, DU Dance (NI) benefits from a three-year grant of £53,157 to deliver a programme of music and dance sessions to young carers across Northern Ireland. In Wales, Arts Alive benefit from a three-year grant of £80,495 to provide creative writing sessions for children and young people facing mental health issues. In Manchester, the Gaddum Centre benefits from a three-year grant of £110,221 to support children and young people across Greater Manchester who have experienced the bereavement of someone significant in their lives. In London, Hackney Playbus benefit from a three-year grant of £90,800 to deliver a play project, supporting families who face barriers to accessing services, such as families who live in hostel accommodation.
Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, says: “People across the UK should be feeling incredibly proud. It is hard to put into words what an enormous impact this money will have on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK who need it most. To our fantastic supporters who made this possible, and who once again went above and beyond to make a difference: thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you.”