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Wogan 'astonished' by £32m funds

Children In Need has raised a record total of more than £32 million in a star-studded marathon effort featuring One Direction, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and the cast of EastEnders.

The annual television extravaganza topped last year's effort of £31 million raised on the night, bringing in £32,620,469 for disadvantaged children and young adults in the UK.

The show was hosted by Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly, Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton and Rochelle Humes from pop group The Saturdays.

Sir Terry, who is Children In Need's life president, said he was overwhelmed by another year of bumper donations.

"I am thunderstruck, astounded and just astonished at the generosity of the British public," he told viewers and the live audience as the show wrapped up at 2am.

The annual charity event marked the return of Bruce Forsyth to the Strictly Come Dancing contest with a search to find a young ballroom champion.

The six-and-a-half-hour broadcast included special editions of popular programmes made especially for Children In Need. A new cartoon starring the famous Tom and Jerry formed part of the evening's entertainment, while an edition of EastEnders included blasts from the past with appearances from former characters.

One Direction took to Albert Square to give the first performance of their latest single.

The evening also featured performances from celebrity guests including pop group S Club 7, who performed for the first time since 2003.

There were musical performances from Susan Boyle, Donny Osmond, Ronan Keating and Rixton.

On BBC2, t he Chris Evans Breakfast Show carried out live auctions across the week with offers such as a Go Mad in Monaco trip and a Festive Foodie Package, raising £6.1 million.

Scottish businessman Sir Tom Hunter donated £1 million to the show's funds, while Radio 2 offered listeners the chance to become DJs for the day by pledging money to play records on the BBC Children In Need Jukebox.

David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children In Need said: "People of the UK should be feeling incredibly proud of what has been achieved this evening. Their remarkable generosity will help us to change a lot of young lives."

Tony Hall, BBC director general, said: "I'm delighted and proud that Children In Need has raised so much money for disadvantaged children this year. I'd like to thank the Great British public for all their donations, and our staff and stars for their hard work tonight and over the last few months. I know that the money raised will help make a real difference to children's lives."

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