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Pudsey works his magic again

Northern Ireland gets stuck in to help raise staggering £17m

By Claire Williamson

It's the time when the nation digs deep for Children in Need.

And once again you didn't disappoint as, when we went to print, more than £17m had been raised.

Northern Ireland got right in to the middle of the action in the fundraising extravaganza.

From children dressing up as superheros to cake sales - people young and old played their part in the Be A Hero initiative for the much-loved charity. Among those who completed a particularly gruelling challenge was a team of BT employees based in Enniskillen.

They set off on their epic trek from Enniskillen on November 13 on a 90-mile trek to Belfast which they completed in less than 30 hours.

And as the popular charity night's entertainment got under way, local viewers watched the array of stars such as One Direction take to the stage.

One of the highlights of the night saw 150 children from Northern Ireland joining more than 2,000 others from across the UK to form a choir taking part in a nationwide live performance of I'll Stand By You.

The Belfast School of Performing Arts performed some musical theatre with a number from award-winning Matilda.

There was also music provided by some well-known local faces including The X Factor's Janet Devlin, The Voice's Rachael O'Connor, and James Huish and his band.

Viewers across Northern Ireland heard inspirational stories from local children and young people who have been supported by the Children in Need charity over the years. Today Pudsey is back for Children in Need: The Best Bits - a one-hour special on BBC One Northern Ireland from 4.30pm to relive all the highlights.

  • You can continue to donate by texting the word - DONATE to 70710 during the programme. Text messages cost £10 plus standard network charge, with £10 going to BBC Children in Need.

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