Children in Need raises incredible £37m during 2020 telethon

Justin Harp
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

From Digital Spy

Children in Need 2020 viewers have given an incredible amount during a very challenging year.

This year's show concluded with the announcement that viewers had raised £37,032,789 throughout the telethon to help young people across the UK facing increasing challenges in the age of COVID-19.

Mel Giedroyc and Stephen Mangan closed the show with a music video of Take That and BBC stars singing 'Never Forget', concluding with a totaliser. The night also featured Alex Scott and Chris Ramsey presenting.

This year's Children in Need adapted to the practical challenges of Lockdown 2 with some significant format changes, including shortening the length of the telethon to just three hours on BBC One.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The usual live audience was understandably dropped as well, but the BBC did show 300 Pudsy fans from home enjoying the music, comedy and fundraising appeals. Alex Scott assured viewers every filmed piece adhered to "the most up-to-date social distancing guidelines".

Matt Baker's Rickshaw Challenge hit a bump in the road this year, when the riders were sent home to finish on exercise bikes after one member of the film crew came down with coronavirus. In the end, they peddled 830 miles and raised more than £4.7 million for CiN!

While the show wasn't quite as bombastic as in past years, there was plenty of entertainment to keep viewers donating throughout – including a special edition of Danny Dyer's The Wall featuring his co-stars from EastEnders.

A special Strictly Come Dancing dance-a-long segment featured what turned out to be the final performance from Nicola Adams and Katya Jones before they had to withdraw from the show due to Katya testing positive for COVID-19.

There was even a star-studded Children in Need cover of the Oasis classic 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' featuring pop icons Kylie Minogue, Bryan Adams, Cher, Robbie Williams, Nile Rodgers, Gregory Porter, Jess Glynne, Paloma Faith and Mel C.

Joe Wicks continued to inspire the nation as well with his exercise-a-thon raising more than £2 million, earning a golden Blue Peter badge in the process.

To do your part for Children in Need 2020, click here to donate the amount of your choice as well as read the full terms and conditions of your contribution.

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