THE Children In Need extravaganza raised a record on-the-night total of £26 million - with a lot of help from generous fundraisers in South Yorkshire.
The national figure was announced at the end of the six-hour charity marathon at 2am.
Boyband One Direction, featuring Doncaster’s own Louis Tomlinson, kicked the event off with their chart-topping single What Makes You Beautiful.
Host Sir Terry Wogan said: “That is the greatest single total we have ever made in one night, so thank you. Thank you to the British people in these tough times to come up with that kind of money on behalf of Britain’s children.”
Kind-hearted people across South Yorkshire dressed up, cooked up and generally acted up - all to raise funds for the cause.
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Pudsey bear was spotted all over Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster - as hundreds of people dug deep for disadvantaged youngsters.
Staff and regulars at The Gypsy Queen pub in Beighton held a party last night to get everyone in a generous mood, with a live band and staff in fancy dress.
Landlord Glester Clarke said: “It’s been fantastic so far - we’ve raised £400 and have still got some time to go.
“We’re holding a raffle tomorrow night, with a mountain bike and other prizes to be won.
“And our staff have been up to all sorts - three of them have done a sponsored 10-mile run.”
Youngsters at Totley Primary and Rotherham Central Children’s Centre went dotty - dressing up in Pudsey-inspired spots for the day.
And St Marie’s Catholic Primary School in Fulwood held an anti-bullying event - dressing up in blue and holding hands to create three giant blue bands in the school playground - with all donations for Children in Need.
New Millhouses institution Vanilla Coffee Shop put on a raffle and quiz activities for children, as well as baking up Pudsey-themed goodies.
Owner Suze Goodman, who opened the shop six weeks ago with pal Sheila Clapham, said: “Sheila and I are both nurses, so this is something close to our hearts.
“We’ve had a great time and the customers have loved it. We haven’t counted the money yet, but hopefully we’ve raised a lot!”
Around 300 staff members at Sheffield telemarketing business Voice Marketing in Woodseats and Broomhill took part in a range of activities - including a baking day, fancy dress challenges and even dunking into a bath of baked beans.
Hairdressers at the Co-Occasions salon in Cudworth, Barnsley, spent the day creating mischief - stopping passing drivers outside the salon to get donations, and putting on a fun-packed day for their customers.
Staff at Handsworth Asda arranged for Pudsey to visit - to the delight of shoppers’ children - and staff member Jo Birch even camped out in the foyer overnight.
The national total sum was confirmed as £26,332,334, more than £8 million more than the amount raised last year. It will now be hoped that the appeal can top the record for the final total, which was set at £40 million in 2010.
The BBC One show featured a wide range of stars, with JLS, Lord Sugar, fashion guru Gok Wan, the cast of The Wizard of Oz and four BBC newsreaders among those providing entertainment.
Sir Terry’s co-hosts Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton were all dressed in gold and posed like Charlie’s Angels as Destiny’s Child’s song Independent Women blasted through the studio.
Earlier in the evening, Matt Baker arrived at the BBC studios after cycling a rickshaw from Edinburgh to London and hugged co-host Alex Jones, expressing his relief at having completed the challenge. The presenter raised £1,263,272 during a journey which lasted eight days and covered a total of 484 miles.
Four BBC newsreaders - Sian Williams, Sophie Raworth, Emily Maitlis and Susanna Reid - got into the spirit of things by swapping the newsdesk for the dancefloor as they took part in a Strictly Come Dancing performance with the show’s professional dancers. Presenter Angela Rippon then joined the four couples on the floor and 67-year-old famously got her legs out as she emerged from behind a desk, harking back to a Morecambe And Wise TV special in 1977.
Meanwhile the cast of The Wizard of Oz raised more than £10,000 and performed a variety of songs from the hit musical.