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Last Updated: Friday, 19 November, 2004, 07:55 GMT
NI joins in Pudsey fun
Children in need's mascot, Pudsey Bear
Pudsey is the mascot of Children in Need
People across Northern Ireland have done their bit to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need appeal.

The fundraising started early on Friday, with the revival of the "Bog-eyed Jog" around Belfast city centre to mark the 25th year of the event.

Since 1980, 9,784,008 has been raised for Children In Need by donations and fundraisers in the province.

A total of 12,245 grants have been made in Northern Ireland, amounting to an allocation of 27,818,594 to help local projects.

In Northern Ireland, the total for the 2004 event currently stands at just over 500,000 - almost 100,000 up on last year.

Celebrities who helped this year's fundraising in the province included Ronan Keating, Vanessa Mae and model turned actress Caprice.

They joined BBC Northern Ireland stalwarts Christine Bleakley, Hugo Duncan, Gerry Anderson, Stephen Nolan, Sean Rafferty and Wendy Austin and the Give My Head Peace team in the live six-hour televised show.

Long history

The BBC's first broadcast appeal for children took place in 1927, in the form of a five-minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day.

It raised about 1,143, which equates to about 27,150 by today's standards.

The first televised appeal took place in 1955 and was called the Children's Hour Christmas Appeal, with Sooty and Harry Corbett fronting it.

The appeal in 1980 was broadcast for the first time as a telethon.

This event, hosted by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen, captured the public's imagination to such an extent that the amount raised increased dramatically to more than 1 million.

Pudsey Bear followed five years later and is now the BBC Children in Need's mascot and official logo.

Last year 30m was raised for Children In Need.




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BBC NI's Patricia Wilkinson:
"In Northern Ireland, the total for the 2004 event currently stands at just over 500,000 - almost 100,000 up on last year"



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