Children In Need 2020 has raised more than £37million for charity after a star-studded special.
This year’s show was different to others, with Alex Scott, Mel Giedroyc, Stephen Mangan and Chris Ramsey hosting a socially-distanced show due to coronavirus restrictions.
There was no audience on the night, with a virtual crowd tuning in from the safety of their own homes.
Clearly this didn’t stop viewers from digging into their pockets, donating a staggering amount to those who need it.
At the very end of the evening, bosses shared the final tally, confirming that £37,032,789 was raised.
A tweet from the official Children In Need account read: ‘This year has been a challenging one for so many, so we are extremely humbled by your generosity.
‘£37,032,789 is a truly incredible amount of money.
‘Together, we can and we will change the lives of children and young people all over the UK.’
Among those helping to raise money was Joe Wicks, who underwent a gruelling 24-hour workout live on BBC Radio 2.
We were sweaty just watching the nation’s ‘PE teacher’ tackle the fitness session.
It looks like we weren’t the only ones, as he got more than £2.1million in donations.
‘I can’t believe that! That is incredible,’ he told the hosts. ‘Times are tough, and people have come out and been so generous and kind to donate.
‘£2million is so much money, it’s going to help so many children, so thank you to everyone that’s helped.’
Nick Knowles was also among those fundraising, and took part in a special build with the DIY: SOS gang – which aired on Thursday.
The presenter broke down in tears when he learnt that they had raised more than £840k for Children In Need – a sum which has now topped the £1million mark.
‘Mate, you deserve it, you drive that show,’ Gethin Jones told the awestruck star. ‘I’ve seen what you’re like when you get everyone around you to get them going, all the builders you get involved.
‘You should be really proud of that, Nick.’
Last year, the gang raised an incredible £47,886,382.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the charity appeal, which first began in 1980.
Kicking off the show, Alex recalled a tough year for many, telling viewers: ‘You may be at home again, but you are not alone.
‘Together we can get through this and more importantly, together, we can help change lives.’
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