THE total sum raised by Children in Need has been confirmed as 26,332,334, over 8 million more than the amount raised last year. The figure was announced at the end of the six-hour charity marathon at 2am. 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 Britains children. 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. Boyband One Direction kicked the event off with their single What Makes You Beautiful. Sir Terrys co-hosts Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton were all dressed in gold and posed like Charlies Angels as Destinys Childs song Independent Women blasted through the studio. Earlier, Matt Baker arrived at the BBC studios after cycling a rickshaw from Edinburgh to London. He arrived at The One Show studio shortly before 7.10pm 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 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 shows professional dancers. Sian Williams, Sophie Raworth, Emily Maitlis and Susanna Reid donned glamorous outfits for the occasion which were then ripped off in Bucks Fizz-style fashion to reveal glitzy purple dresses, slashed to the thigh and adorned with a red tassel trim. The broadcasters danced a cha cha cha to Katy Perrys song Firework and participated in an impressive lift with their partners. Presenter Angela Rippon then joined the four couples on the floor wearing an elegant black dress with the typical Strictly addition of jewels and sequins. The 67-year-old famously got her legs out as she emerged from behind a desk in a Morecambe And Wise TV special in 1977. TG