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'Magnificent' Revolut co-founder donates €1.1m to The Late Late Toy Show Appeal

His contribution to The Toy Show Appeal brings the total amount raised to over €6.6 million.

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Host Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show PIC Andres Poveda

Host Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show PIC Andres Poveda

Host Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show PIC Andres Poveda

Revolut co-founder Vlad Yatsenko kept his promise and donated €1.1 million to The Late Late Toy Show Appeal.

Following technical difficulties with the banking app during Friday night’s annual spectacular, Yatsenko – who is Revolut’s Chief Technology Officer - announced that he had made a donation of €100,000 to the appeal.

He then pledged to match any further donations made over the weekend via the Revolut up to the value of €1 million and has been hailed a "superhero" by social media users since.

On Monday morning, Yatsenko shared a photo of his generous €1,100,011.33 donation on Twitter and wrote: “Thank you all for the outpouring of support and donations to the #LateLateToyShow2021 charity appeal via @RevolutApp @RTELateLateShow.”

The Ukranian’s contribution to The Toy Show Appeal brings the total amount raised to more than €6.6 million.

This year, The Late Late Toy Show saw more than 1.8 million viewers tuning in from 150 countries across the weekend, making it one of the highest-rating TV programmes on a single channel on record in Ireland.

An average audience of 1.56 million viewers watched show on RTÉ One on Friday night, and an additional 292,000 people watched the programme on catch up TV on Saturday and Sunday.

Through the generosity of Irish people across the globe, The Toy Show Appeal took in a whopping €6,601,895 for charity over the weekend.

Now in its second year, over €13 million has been donated to the appeal to date.

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Photo: Stock image

Photo: Stock image

Photo: Stock image

Speaking the monumental success of the appeal, host Ryan Tubridy said: “I am flabbergasted by the audience share and I am bowled over by the donations made to The Toy Show Appeal.

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"I think that every child matters and for one night in a dark year, the sun came out and kindness won and the future looking at those kids is very, very bright.

“So here is the start of a hopeful happy Christmas for everyone in Ireland, especially the children whose future is made a little brighter thanks to the kindness of their fellow citizens.”

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