Vernon Kay in calls to be ‘knighted’ after raising £5millon for Children In Need

Vernon Kay receives supportive phone call from parents

During BBC Children In Need on Friday night, a knackered Vernon Kay took to the stage to find out how much he raised after completing a four-day ultramarathon.

He was cheered on by the live audience who were chanting his name as they were waiting to find out the total he’d raised for Children In Need.

Vernon, 49, explained to the show’s host host Alex Scott just how tired his body was following the physically demanding challenge.

He was soon left speechless after being told he’d raised more than £5 million for the cause.

Looking at the huge figure on a screen behind him, A staggered Vernon simply said: “I’m speechless, speechless. Thank you to everyone who donated.”


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Taking to Twitter, calling for Vernon to be knighted, Matt said: “Vernon needs to be on the King’s honours list #Childreninneed #CIN.”

Geoff added: “If Vernon Kay doesn’t at least get the MBE, he’s robbed #childreninneed #radio2.”

Rachel shared: “Was that it for Vernon? He needs a 90-minute special with a chance to properly thank everyone involved. Not a 30-second rush job.”

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During tonight’s broadcast, actor Lenny Rush became the first-ever child presenter for the programme.

The 14-year-old, who stars in Doctor Who, is perhaps best known for starring alongside Daisy May Cooper in the BBC comedy drama Am I Being Unreasonable.

Elsewhere, celebrities took on The Graham Norton Show’s infamous Red Chair where children had their hands on the lever to decide their fate.

A Doctor Who scene starring David Tennant was also and fans caught a glimpse of an exclusive episode of Doctor Who: Unleashed.

On top of all that, Britain’s most-loved puppets were causing chaos in the kitchen with MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

BBC Children In Need is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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