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PM's wife praises Children in Need

Samantha Cameron has praised Children in Need for raising a "staggering" total of £46 million.

The figure is the highest final amount ever recorded by the fundraising marathon.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife hosted a reception at Downing Street to celebrate the success with supporters and beneficiaries of projects aided by the charity.

Singers Gary Barlow and Peter Andre and Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton were among the high-profile names who attended the event after supporting the charity extravaganza in November.

Mrs Cameron said: "I am delighted to see you all here and to be supporting this truly fantastic charity.

"BBC Children in Need's vision is that every single child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

"Since 1980 BBC Children in Need has raised over £600 million that has helped transform the lives of tens of thousands of children and young people."

She added: "BBC Children in Need's record breaking appeal in 2011 means they'll be awarding a staggering £46 million this year to large and small groups all over the country.

"The charity relies completely on the energy and generosity of their supporters, the incredible people who work in the 2,500 projects they are currently funding.

"Every single penny goes to help disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK."


From Belfast Telegraph