A charity appeal launched during last night's Late Late Toy Show has raised €6.2m.

The new RTÉ charity fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation for Ireland, will be used to support children's charities and causes around the country.

All funds raised will be distributed by The Community Foundation for Ireland in 2021. 

Half of the money raised will be shared among the three children's charities: Barnardos, Children's Health Foundation and Children’s Books Ireland.

The remaining 50% will be distributed as grants to charities supporting children across Ireland. 

Host Ryan Tubridy said the appeal was launched "to spread the Toy Show magic across the year to children who need it most".

"Every year on the Toy Show we are inspired by children across Ireland, with stories of hope, resilience and triumph over adversity.

"In this exceptional year, we have been moved by the generosity of the children of Ireland as they have looked out for one another and those less fortunate in their communities," he told viewers.

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The Community Foundation for Ireland was also the partner for RTÉ Does Comic Relief which raised just under €6 million for non-profit organisations that provide key supports for vulnerable citizens impacted by Covid-19.

The Late Late Show has also helped to raise a further €6 million for charitable causes which have been promoted this season, and last season.

The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal is open to donations online at rte.ie/toyshowappeal for the next two weeks.