The incredible total is higher than last year (Picture: BBC)
The charity has raised an incredible amount of money for good causes, with an evening of celebrity appearances, appeals and celebrations airing on Friday night.
At the end of the show, hosts Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc announced that the total had reached £39,389,048 – and the final figure has now been updated to £40,370,010 as money continues to come in.
Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive, BBC Children in Need, said: ‘It has been a difficult 18 months for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK, but once again the public has responded with incredible kindness and generosity to help change lives for the better.
‘I cannot express strongly enough the difference this money will make, or the legacy it will leave. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this year’s Appeal.’
Ed Sheeran performed as part of the show (Pictures: PA)
It’s more than the show managed to pull in last year, with £37m raised in 2020.
The event – which raises money for underprivileged and disadvantaged youths across the UK – sees a number of famous faces come together to inspire people to contribute to the charity.
There was plenty for viewers to look out for on Friday, with Charlie Brooks and Simon Gregson taking part in an EastEnders and Coronation Street crossover as their respective characters, Janine Butcher and Steve McDonald, met at the First Dates restaurant.
The fundraiser, which first aired in 1980 and was this year hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc, , featured appearances from celebrities including Stephen Fry, Niall Horan, Anne-Marie and Harry Maguire.
Paddy McGuinness, Jimmy Carr, Alison Hammond and Amanda Holden also filmed a special version of their programme I Can See Your Voice.