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BBC Children in Need announces record total of 49.6 Million

Final 2013 appeal total is highest ever at nearly £50 million

BBC Children in Need has announced the final total for its most recent appeal, raising a record-breaking £49.6 million. The success of the 2013 appeal means the Charity has raised more than £740 million since it launched in 1980, with every single penny raised going towards projects helping disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK.

The final total comes as donations continued to pour in following the televised appeal in November, which also saw record-breaking success as it secured a total of £31.1 million on the night.

At present, the Charity works with more than 2,600 projects across the UK, all of which support disadvantaged children and young people, and in 2013 BBC Children in Need helped change the lives of 450,000 disadvantaged children and young people living in the UK.

Speaking of the result, Life President of the charity Sir Terry Wogan said: “Each year we’re amazed by the generosity of the Great British public, it’s just brilliant. 2013 was far from an easy year, but thanks to their on-going support we’ve been fortunate enough to have another record-breaking total. When we hosted the first televised appeal in 1980, we were delighted with the £1 million raised. I don’t think any of us could have dreamed how far it would come.”

Chief Executive for BBC Children in Need, David Ramsden, added: “Everyone who has supported us should be really proud. It’s a fantastic result and will allow us to do even more to ensurethat every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.”

The money raised has already started to make a difference to young lives and for information on the grants we have made, or how to apply visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey

The next BBC Children in Need Appeal will broadcast on the BBC on Friday 14th November. 

Thank you Ladies Circle and Round Table for all of your support. Without your hard work last year this total would not have been as much so please feel so proud of what you have helped to achieve!! 

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