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Children in Need: Stars help raise more than £18m

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Take That, Cheryl Cole and JLS were among the stars who helped raise more than £18m during the BBC's Children in Need TV appeal.

A host of celebrities took part in this year's seven-hour telethon, which benefits for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

By the end of the show at 0200 GMT the amount raised stood at £18,098,199.

Organisers hope the event will raise more than the £39m generated last year, once all donations are in.

Image caption Pixie Lott was among the performers

By the end of last year's TV show just over £20m had been raised.

Sir Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton hosted Friday night's programme, which featured a joint appearance from the casts of EastEnders and Coronation Street.

In a special sketch, the residents of Walford and Weatherfield shared an exchange as the two towns were twinned for the evening.

There was also a preview of the Doctor Who Christmas special.

Take That, recently reunited with Robbie Williams, sang their new single The Flood and 1995's Never Forget.

Cheryl Cole kicked off the TV appeal with a performance of her latest single and Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and Susan Boyle also took to the stage.

Elsewhere, Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button went head to head in a go-karting challenge, with the help of two teams of young carers.

And a BBC news presenters team - including Fiona Bruce and Kate Silverton - performed a rendition of the Lady Gaga song Poker Face.

Image caption The reformed Take That performed two songs

The presenters of Loose Women performed a Girls Aloud song, while the stars of Dragons' Den took part in a Come Dine With Me special.

Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman presented from Glasgow, where the cast of the Queen musical We Will Rock You performed.

Over in Cardiff, The One Show's Alex Jones was seen at the Millennium Stadium during half-time in the Wales v Fiji international rugby match, where girl band The Saturdays performed.

Meanwhile, viewers in Northern Ireland saw Radio One DJ Reggie Yates and John Daly host their part of the show from the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

David Ramsden, chief executive of Children in Need, said the BBC was "humbled and inspired" by the money raised every year.

"In these tough times the millions raised tonight will make a real difference to thousands of young lives right across the UK. On behalf of the children I would like to thank everyone for their incredible generosity. "

Friday's fundraising total will continue to rise as money comes in for events already held, or scheduled to happen, around the UK.

You can help the appeal by calling the donation line on 0345 7 33 22 33. A full list of ways to donate is available on the Children in Need website.

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