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BBC viewers and listeners raise £138 million for charity

Published 31/12/2015 | 13:51

Dermot O'Leary and Tess Daly helped boost the giving during Children In Need 2015
Dermot O'Leary and Tess Daly helped boost the giving during Children In Need 2015

Viewers of the BBC raised £138 million for charity in 2015 - £31 million more than in 2014.

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The BBC raises money through a number of campaigns every year including BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, Sport Relief, BBC Access Appeals and through local radio charity partnerships.

Director General Tony Hall said: "Every year people give so generously and we really appreciate their support.

"The amount we've raised is a tribute to all our viewers and listeners - and shows what the BBC can achieve by bringing people together."

Telethon Children in Need raised £37,100,687 for projects across the UK on November 13..

Supported by a host of celebrities including One Direction, the cast of Star Wars, actors David Tennant and Dame Helen Mirren, the event beat the amount raised last year by £5 million and set a new record.

Sir Lenny Henry led a team of locals and familiar faces, including presenters Steve Backshall and Richard Hammond, and comic John Bishop to transform a dilapidated clinic in eastern Uganda into a fully-functioning healthcare facility in Operation Health for Comic Relief.

With the help of BBC Radio 1, The One Show and BBC One, this contributed £2,041,323 to the total raised on Red Nose Day.

TV presenter Dermot O'Leary boogied his way to success for Red Nose Day in a 24-hour dance-a-thon supported by BBC Radio 2 - contributing £1,024,718 to the campaign's £99,434,914 grand total.

Musician Professor Green presented a BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

The charity aims to raise awareness of male suicide.

By talking about his own father's suicide, the rapper helped to raise over £20,000.

BBC Access Appeals saw sports stars, actors and comedians including David Baddiel, Julie Walters, Dame Kelly Holmes and Olivia Colman talk passionately about the charity appeals close to their hearts.

The appeals raised more than £700,000 in 2015.

Radio Derby and its listeners worked with the Derby Telegraph to raise awareness of melanoma after much loved presenter Colin Bloomfield died in April at the age of 33.

In December, listeners had already donated a first week record amount to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal and St Martin-in-the-Fields, a charity which works with homeless people.

Since the beginning of the latest Charter, the deal it makes with the Government over its governance, in 2007, BBC audiences have given over £900 million to charity in response to broadcast charity appeals.

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