Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Children in Need boss hails total

Girls Aloud

The chair of Children In Need said she is "surprised" but "thrilled" after the appeal raised almost £27 million during this year's live show, beating the 2011 total.

Despite a "tough year", Stevie Spring expressed her delight as the charity extravaganza "pulled out all the stops", raising £26,757,446 over the course of a seven-hour live entertainment show.

The embattled corporation, which is dealing with the fallout of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal and botched Newsnight investigation, raised £26.3 million during the 2011 live show, with the total growing to over £46.9 million after the big night.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ms Spring said: "I'm surprised and absolutely thrilled, I couldn't be more thrilled.

"Last year we had yet another tough year and we pulled out all the stops and we're up 40%, over 40% this time last year. And last night we absolutely smashed that total again. I think it was absolutely amazing."

This year's event was kicked off from London's BBC Television Centre by Sir Terry Wogan, who was joined by co-hosts Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton.

TV and musical favourites taking to the stage to get the party started included One Direction, with a performance of Live While We're Young.

Girls Aloud also made their long-awaited comeback after three years apart, taking to the stage in matching orange off-the-shoulder tulip dresses.

The group performed the official BBC Children in Need AA side single, Something New, and Beautiful Because You Love Me, for the first time on television.

British stars Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding also took part in the show while Australian songstress Kylie Minogue performed a medley of her hits.

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