The biennial Comic Relief telethon aired on Friday live from the London Palladium.
After months of celebrities doing runs, walks, bike rides, climbs in the most extreme ways possible all of their hard work was recognised in one night of spectacular television.
Residents of Manchester also did their did its bit with loads of events around the city including Peter Kay bringing back Phoenix Night’s to Manchester Arena where nearly £35,000 was raised by selling t-shirts, pens and red noses alone. The special reunion raised over £5m in total thanks to a series of sell-out shows that continued despite star Ted Robbins collapsing on stage on the opening night.
This year, over £78m was raised and was pivotal in taking total earnings throughout 30 years of Comic Relief through the £1bn barrier. The target was smashed which acted as an amazing tribute on this 30th anniversary.
Around 50 million people in the UK and have been helped by Comic Relief which was started in 1985 by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry. The comedian has often spoken of how overwhelmed he is at the sheer amount of support and donations over the years to what started as a few comedians wanting to do something funny for money.
TNT News Siobhan White