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Rotary raises pounds for Pudsey for BBC Children in Need 2018

Rotary raises pounds for Pudsey for BBC Children in Need 2018

Rotary clubs across the country were out in force to support BBC Children in Need in one of the biggest fundraising events of the year.

Children in Need presenter Graham Norton was a surprise visitor to Rotarians who were collecting at City Airport in London on Friday.

The bubbly comedian popped along to lend his support to the London Rotary members as he was on his way to Television Centre for the evening show.

The Rotary clubs of Tower Hamlets and Newham were on duty taking donations from passengers flying into the capital.

Graham was one of the presenters alongside Rotary’s polio ambassador, Ade Adepitan, which saw records set on the night when the televised extravaganza raised £50.6 million.

The five-hour show featured Boyzone taking to the Strictly dance floor and the cast of EastEnders dress up as Disney characters who performed a medley.

Just across the capital, Rotary clubs from across the Thames Valley, were at Heathrow Airport collecting pounds with Pudsey.

It is estimated that Rotary clubs will collect approximately £125,000 for Children in Need during 2018/19, with more funds constantly being counted towards the grand total.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,700 projects in the UK, which is helping children and young people to face up to a range of disadvantages.

These include poverty, being disabled or ill, experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

Pudsey was certainly a busy bear as he found time to visit many Rotary activities across the week. Check out some of the best highlights on social media.

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