Northern Ireland

Children in Need: NI raises more than £700,000

Barra Best and Pudsey Bear Image copyright Darren Kidd BBC NI Press Office
Image caption BBC NI presenter Barra Best and Pudsey Bear celebrate during a very successful night of fundraising in Belfast

People in Northern Ireland have donated more than £700,000 to Children in Need during the annual BBC fundraiser.

The overall UK total stood at £32.6m when phone lines closed on Saturday morning, but that figure is expected to rise when all donations are submitted.

In Northern Ireland, the live telethon was hosted by Jo Scott and Barra Best.

Local stars who took part in the show included ex-talent show contestants Janet Devlin from The X Factor and Rachael O'Connor from The Voice.

One of the highlights of the night was when 150 children from Northern Ireland joined more than 2,000 others from across the UK to form a choir taking part in a nationwide live performance of 'I'll Stand By You'.

On Saturday, Barra, Jo and Pudsey will be back for Children in Need: The Best Bits - a one-hour special on BBC One Northern Ireland from 16:30 GMT giving viewers the chance to relive the highlights from Friday night.

Viewers can continue to give to the appeal by texting the word - DONATE to 70710 during Saturday's programme.

Text messages will cost £10 plus standard network charge, with £10 going to BBC Children in Need.

For full terms and conditions, visit the website at bbc.co.uk/pudsey. You must be over 16 and ask the bill payer's permission.

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