BBC Children in Need’s 2020 raised £3.4m more than the previous year, according to latest overall fundraising total figures.
The telethon event in November 2020 has raised £57.1m. This includes £37m on the night pledges and a further £20m from subsequent donations and fundraising.
The final tally for 2020 has exceeded 2019’s overall fundraising total of £53.7m but is still down on the previous two years.
The event in 2018 raised £58.2m and in 2017 the final total was £60.7m.
BBC Children in Need has also revealed that during the Covid-19 pandemic it awarded 2,700 grants worth £73m to good causes.
This includes £35.1m to tackle the impact of isolation on on emotional wellbeing and mental health, £18.7m to tackle poverty, £1.9m to support bereaved children and young people, £11.8m in grants to support disabled children and young people and £9.8m in funding for child protection.
In addition, since the beginning of the pandemic, BBC Children in Need has handed out grants worth £3m to tackle digital exclusion.
We're so grateful to announce our 2020 Appeal fundraising total, £57 million 💛— BBC Children in Need (@BBCCiN) July 15, 2021
Thanks to each & every one of you who made this possible. Your support continues to change young lives across the UK 👏 pic.twitter.com/z5vvWUe3Ca
“Our supporters across the UK can be incredibly proud of this total, and the vital impact it’s making, “said BBC Children in Need chief executive Simon Antrobus.
“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.”