Children in Need raises £47m with help from Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and Doctor Who stars

The Strictly judges appear in a charity special for Children in Need: BBC
The Strictly judges appear in a charity special for Children in Need: BBC

This year’s Children in Need TV appeal has managed to raise £47.9 million.

Famous faces from Star Wars, EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who were among those contributing to the five-hour telethon, which also featured performances by Westlife and Louis Tomlinson.

It was hosted by a roster of presenters including Graham Norton, Tess Daly, Mel Giedroyc, and Marvin and Rochelle Humes.

Children in Need is the official charity of the BBC. It raises money for disadvantaged young people who have suffered abuse or neglect, are dealing with disabilities, or experiencing poverty. Last year, £50.6m was raised on the appeal night.

Star Wars actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega took part in a challenge against YouTuber Colin Furze to build a working landspeeder (a vehicle that hovers), assisted by young people from various Children in Need Projects.

A special edition of BBC One's The Hit List featured rapper Wretch 32, Heidi Range from the Sugababes, Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle, Liberty X star Michelle Heaton, Blue's Antony Costa, and former JLS singer JB Gill.

Earlier in the week, TV personality Rylan Clark-Neal raised more than £1m for the cause with his 24-hour karaoke marathon on BBC Radio 2. Among the singers to take part was Rick Astley, who performed a rendition of his hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

England footballers Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling were filmed surprising children from the England Amputee Football Association.