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children in need hosts 1024x546BBC Children in Need has announced its fundraising total for its 2020 Appeal, £57million.

In a year that has left lasting effects on the lives of children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK, the charity said that the incredible total would not have been possible without the public once again coming together to help raise money at a time when it was needed most.

BBC Children in Need exists to ensure that every child or young person can thrive and be the best they can be and aims to achieve this by helping them overcome any challenges they may be facing. Thanks to the generosity of the British public, during the pandemic BBC Children in Need has awarded 2,700 grants to a value of £73million to support local charities and projects addressing a range of issues affecting children and young people.

This includes £35.1m in funding to address the impact of sustained isolation on emotional wellbeing and mental health, £18.7m in grants to support those facing increased financial uncertainty, £1.9m in awards to help bereaved children and young people come to terms with their loss, £11.8m in grants to support disabled children and young people and £9.8m in funding to help keep children and young people safe from harm. In addition, since the beginning of the pandemic, BBC Children in Need has dedicated over £3m of funding specifically to address digital exclusion, supplying devices such as laptops or tablets to families who would not otherwise be able to afford or access these items and supporting them to get online through broadband or data allowances.

The 2020 November Appeal total grew to £57million as donations and fundraising income continued to pour in following the BBC Children in Need’s 2020 Appeal show last November, culminating with an on-the-night total of £37million.

Highlights from the 2020 Appeal include Joe Wicks MBE’s epic 24-hour non-stop PE challenge with BBC Radio 2, which raised a spectacular £2.5millon, contributing to BBC Radio 2’s overall total of £2.8 million, Countryfile’s 2020 calendar and Ramble special, which raised an incredible £5.6million, DIY SOS’ big build special, which raised a whopping £1.3million and The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge, which raised a remarkable £6million.

Elsewhere, BBC TV and radio stations across the Nations and Regions threw themselves into fundraising, whilst the charity’s corporate partners, once again galvanised customers and staff to help make a difference to young lives. And of course, hundreds and thousands of fundraisers across the UK came together to support the charity in many different ways, including thousands of schools that got together to support children and young people facing disadvantages.

Speaking of the 2020 total, Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, said:

“Our supporters across the UK can be incredibly proud of this total and the vital impact it’s making. After a year of immense challenge and uncertainty for children and young people facing disadvantage, this is a testament to the kindness and generosity of the Great British public that over the course of the pandemic, we have delivered £73million to help children and young people navigate through the challenges of COVID-19, providing a lifeline when it was needed most.  Our incredible supporters have shown once again that together, we can change young lives and that we will always be here for the children and young people across the UK that need us. Thank you.”

For more information about BBC Children in Need, please visit: bbcchildreninneed.co.uk.

charitytoday.co.uk | 16 July 2021

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