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Nearly £52m raised for Children in Need charity

By Staff Reporter

Pudsey Bear has said a big thank-you to the people of Northern Ireland after they raised more than £900,000 for BBC Children in Need.

After the phone lines closed on Saturday morning, the UK total stood at £50,168,562 and locally at £930,823.

One of the highlights of the night saw 183 children from Northern Ireland joining thousands of others from across the UK to form a choir to take part in a live performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

During the appeal, BBC NI's Barra Best and Jo Scott gave viewers in the province a taste of the ingenious and inventive ways local people have been fundraising.

Throughout the week, BBC Radio Ulster has supported the appeal.

As part of this, Hugo Duncan and his team raised over £12,000 in 90 minutes towards this year's NI total through Hugo's 12th on-air auction.

Yesterday, Barra, Jo and Pudsey were back for a special programme to give viewers the chance to see how the appeal benefits people in Northern Ireland.

Sunday's programme also took an extended look back at how pupils from across Northern Ireland who took part in the nationwide performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow prepared for their TV appearance, and it also featured performances from Jake Carter.

BBC Children in Need currently funds 200 projects across Northern Ireland with funding of more than £10.3 million hard at work across the country.

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