BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans raises £2m with 24-hour drumathon

BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans took part in a 24-hour drumathon in aid of Children In Need, and he raised an incredible £2m.

Evans became a household name during lockdown when a video of him drumming along to the broadcaster’s classic theme song went viral.

The Welsh broadcaster, 37, began his gruelling challenge on the BBC Breakfast show on Friday at 8.35am, drumming through the day and night until completing his fundraiser early on Saturday.

He finished the marathon drumming session to Britney Spears’s hit Baby One More Time, chosen as the pop star celebrates her conservatorship being officially terminated after 13 years.

After completing the challenge, he said he felt ‘overwhelmed’ by how ‘generous’ people had been in donating.

‘I can’t believe it’s over, surprisingly my hands have held up okay but we’ve had some problems with my arms because they’ve been moving for 24 hours,’ he said.

‘Thank you so much to everyone who has donated, BBC Children In Need helps causes which are really close to my heart.’

The fundraiser, which featured special appearances from the Royal Marine drumming band and members of the BBC Philharmonic, has raised £2,007,250 so far.

A highlight of the event on Friday evening saw the weatherman joined by 50 fellow drummers to perform a rendition of the BBC theme tune.

Many famous drummers made an appearance during the 24-hour stint, including McFly’s Harry Judd, Pulp’s Nick Banks, Cherisse Osei from Simple Minds, Steve White from Style Council, Frank Benbini of Fun Lovin’ Criminals and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

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Comedian Al Murray, actor John Thomson and amateur drummers and enthusiasts aged from eight to 83 also took part.

Evans was also joined virtually by a host of celebrity guests throughout the event, from Blondie’s Clem Burke to Joe Black from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK.

The weatherman, who presented and drummed throughout the whole event, briefly paused for breaks and for medical attention on injuries that developed from the persistent drumming.

Ahead of the challenge, the weatherman, who presents for BBC’s North West Tonight, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Breakfast, explained how drumming was a release for him as a young gay man growing up in Ammanford.

He went back home to talk with his parents about his childhood, and to visit the town’s BBC Children In Need-funded youth theatre group and LGBTQ+ safe space, Mess Up The Mess.

The BBC Children In Need Appeal Show will be broadcast on BBC One from 7pm on Friday November 19.

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