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Last Updated: Saturday November 17 2007 12:21 GMT

Children In Need fund hits 19m

Leona on the show

A galaxy of stars came out for the BBC's Children In Need appeal - which is on track for a record total after raising 19m on the launch night.

The appeal - shown live on the BBC - was opened by reunited girl group The Spice Girls, performing the official Children In Need single, Headlines.

Kylie, Leona Lewis and Joseph star Lee Mead were among the other stars on stage in the seven-hour programme.

But the charity depends on the amazing fundraising efforts of ordinary people.

Lee Mead on stage
Lee Mead on stage

Lots of you emailed to tell us you were doing extraordinary things for Children In Need.

Mairi, 11, from Glasgow, told us: "My class had a pyjama party. It was really fun and we raised loads of money."

Rebecca, 11, from Caerphilly, said: "Our school had an X Factor competition. I did a dance with my three mates. It was awesome!"

Different

In 2006, the launch night raised 18.3m - with the sum reaching 33m after donations from all fund-raising was collected. It's thought this year's total will be even higher.

This year Children In Need encouraged the public to "do something different".



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