Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland raises more than £750,000 for Children in Need

Melissa Elliott and Nicky Burns celebrate Children in Need in Northern Ireland
Image caption Melissa Elliott and Nicky Burns celebrate Children in Need in Northern Ireland

The BBC's annual Children in Need show in Northern Ireland has raised more than £750,000.

Across the UK, the charity raised a record on-the-night total of over £26m - £8m more than last year.

As phone lines closed in Northern Ireland at 02:00 GMT on Saturday, the total stood locally at £755,954.

Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly and Alesha Dixon presented the main appeal show from London.

Donations were encouraged by performances from a wide range of stars and celebrities.

In a cornerstone of the evening, Gareth Malone led a 10-strong choir who then, in a complex studio operation, linked up live with 3,000 children from all over the UK including 200 young people in Northern Ireland under the direction of John Anderson.

Viewers across Northern Ireland were treated to a night of entertainment including stories from local children and young people who have been supported by the charity.

A highlights programme will be shown later on Saturday on BBC One Northern Ireland from 17:40 GMT.

It will be presented by John Daly and will feature performances from The Celtic Tenors and the Children in Need choir, with plenty of familiar faces filmed earlier this week at a charity 'Celebrity Come Dancing' event outside Belfast, including BBC Sport NI's Jackie Fullerton, Stephen Watson and Proms in the Park presenter, Claire McCollum.

Last year's BBC Children in Need total raised on the night in Northern Ireland was £568,919.

You can still make a donation to BBC Children in Need by calling: 0345 7 33 22 33 (standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply) or logging on to: bbc.co.uk/pudsey.

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