Stars from Strictly Come Dancing, Star Wars, Doctor Who and EastEnders have helped this year's Children In Need TV appeal raise £47.9m.The five-hour telethon also featured England football players, a celebrity edition of music quiz The Hit List and songs by Louis Tomlinson and Westlife.Viewers also saw short films about some of the the 3,000 local projects supported by the charity.Last year, £50.6m was raised on the appeal night. Children in Need is the BBC's official UK charity and raises money for disadvantaged young people around the country, such as those experiencing poverty, with disabilities, or victims of abuse or neglect.This year, comedian Tom Allen joined a pr
Media playback is unsupported on your device Rylan Clark-Neal has raised more than £845,000 for Children In Need by singing non-stop karaoke for 24 hours.The presenter sang 231 songs, assisted by more than 90 celebrity guests, including Rick Astley, Nicole Scherzinger and Craig David.He ate spoonfuls of honey every hour to keep his vocal cords coated - along with the occasional Pudsey donut."I am in such a state this morning," Clark-Neal told Radio 2's Zoe Ball as he approached the end of the challenge."It doesn't feel real. None of it feels real."The crooning marathon was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and the BBC red button. In the last half hour of his challenge alone, the star raised more than £200,000 - with the tally reaching £845,239 by
The qualification campaign for Euro 2020 will come to its conclusion this week and there’s still plenty to settle across the continent.Six countries have already booked a place at next summer’s showpiece tournament and several others, including England, are on the brink. But there are some groups still wide open and will need deciding in key games around Europe this week. Getty Gareth Southgate’s England are on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2020 *Please note elimination and contention refers only to the group stage; teams may still be able to qualify via the Euro 2020 play-offs Euro 2020 qualifying standings Group A England need one point from their last two games to book their place at the tournament. It will then be a straight head-to-head between the
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kupicoo | E+ | Getty ImagesThe aging army of independent registered investment advisors who have spearheaded the growth of the financial planning profession need to follow their own advice when it comes to their businesses — for their clients' sake, as well as their own.With the average age of financial advisors somewhere in their mid-50s and a big bulge of advisors now in their 60s and 70s, the fate of thousands of practices and millions of clients in the next decade remains in doubt. Studies show that most small advisors — particularly solo practitioners — have no successor to fill their shoes, nor very good prospects for selling their business to someone else.The reality is, they probably never will."The No. 1 way that independent advisors exit the industry is through attrition," said