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Announcing our 2018 fundraising total: £58 million

BBC Children in Need announces 2018 fundraising total: £58 million.

The charity thanks the public for helping to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Today (Thursday 11 July), BBC Children in Need announced its fundraising total for the 2018 Appeal, £58m. 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 2018 total is the culmination of the efforts of every single person across the UK who did something to raise money, from rambles, dance-a-thons and duck races, to sky diving, quiz nights and bake sales.

The 2018 total grew to £58 million as donations and fundraising income continued to pour in following BBC Children in Need’s 2018 Appeal show which culminated with an on-the-night total of £50.6 million. The 2018 Appeal show was an epic evening of entertainment, with live music from the likes of Jamie Cullum, Boyzone and Anne Marie, Appeal films, a Mastermind Special as well as lots of exciting surprises throughout the evening on BBC One.

Highlights from the 2018 Appeal include BBC Radio 2’s amazing fundraising efforts spearheaded by Chris Evans and the Breakfast Show team which saw millions raised through CarFest and the Breakfast Show’s incredible auctions, Countryfile’s 2018 calendar and Ramble weekends, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge and a BBC Children in Need Rocks concert. BBC TV and radio stations across the Nations and Regions threw themselves into fundraising whilst the charity’s corporate partners, including Asda, Boots and Greggs, once again galvanised customers and staff to support Pudsey. And of course, hundreds and thousands of fundraisers across the UK came together to support the charity in many different ways, including over 18,000 schools up and down the UK doing their thing for Pudsey.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 3,000 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 580,000 young lives in communities the length and breadth of the UK.

Once again our incredible supporters across the UK have done themselves proud. This is a tremendous result and will allow us to continue our vital work to help make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. As a charity we exist to support organisations in communities across the UK which empower children and extend their life choices, and this phenomenal total will go a long way in helping us make a lasting impact. An enormous thank you to everyone who once again went above and beyond!

Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need

In 2018 BBC Children in Need awarded £70.3 million in grants to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people the length and breadth of the UK. Projects currently receiving funding include Edinburgh based project, Rock Trust, who benefit from a three-year grant of £107,000 to support the facilitation of one-to-one and group sessions for 16 to 18 year olds who are transitioning from care to independent living.   In Northern Ireland, Community Circus School Belfast benefits from a three-year grant of £90,000 to deliver a programme of circus workshops to children and young people, and those with additional needs, from across the city. In Wales, Carmarthen Breakthro’ receive a three-year grant of £95,000 to provide a weekly youth club and a holiday club for disabled children and young people in Carmarthenshire. In Manchester, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice benefit from a three-year grant of £132,000 to deliver perinatal care and support for babies with life limiting conditions and their siblings at their second hospice, Graces Place, in Bury. In London, Wandsworth based project, Small Steps, benefits from a three-year grant of £77,000 to deliver a pre-school support group for disabled babies and young children and their parents.

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