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Sir Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton reveal the final total raised at this years Children in Need appea

Sir Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton reveal the final total raised at this years Children in Need appea

One Direction perform during the BBC Children In Need appeal

One Direction perform during the BBC Children In Need appeal

Terry Wogan and Alesha Dixon host the BBC Children In Need appeal

Terry Wogan and Alesha Dixon host the BBC Children In Need appeal

Sir Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton reveal the final total raised at this years Children in Need appea

The Children in Need fundraising extravaganza has raised a record on-the-night total of £26 million.

The figure was announced at the end of the six-hour charity marathon at 2am.

Host Sir Terry Wogan said: "That is the greatest single total we have ever made in one night, so thank you. Thank you to the British people in these tough times to come up with that kind of money on behalf of Britain's children."

The total sum was confirmed as £26,332,334, more than £8 million more than the amount raised last year. It will now be hoped that the appeal can top the record for the final total, which was set at £40 million in 2010.

The BBC One show featured a wide range of stars, with JLS, Lord Sugar, fashion guru Gok Wan, the cast of The Wizard of Oz and four BBC newsreaders among those providing entertainment.

Boyband One Direction kicked the event off with their single What Makes You Beautiful.

Sir Terry's co-hosts Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton were all dressed in gold and posed like Charlie's Angels as Destiny's Child's song Independent Women blasted through the studio.

BT said it handled over 240,000 calls from viewers across the UK during the Children in Need telethon.

Volunteers took calls from the 34th floor of the BT Tower and at call centres across the country.

Pop star Matt Cardle performed at the BT Tower ahead of the telethon. He said: "Children in Need is a cause that's really close to my heart, so it was great to perform on the night and do my bit to help the telethon. The atmosphere at the tower with all the BT volunteers was amazing."

PA