Comic Relief breaks £1bn barrier

Published: Saturday 14th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Comic Relief has broken the £1 billion barrier with more than £70.5 million already raised at this year’s event.

Red Nose Day 2015 coverage has already seen a host of celebrities perform one-off sketches live in front of the nation on BBC One. By midnight the total had reached £70,501,108.

This years marks the 30th anniversary of the charity, which has raised £960 million and become something of a British institution since it began in 1985.

The show kicked off with Radio 2 DJ Dermot O’Leary completing a 24-hour danceathon.

O’Leary finished up 24 hours of dancing outside BBC Broadcasting House, before dancing down Regent Street and ending up in the London Palladium, where the coverage was presented from.

Rowan Atkinson and Dawn French also made an appearance, reprising their much-loved roles for Mr Bean and Vicar Of Dibley sketches.

Comedians Johnny Vegas, Patrick Kielty, Vic Reeves, Jack Dee and Mick Helm also took to the stage tonight as No Direction – a spoof version of One Direction.

A host of celebrities have been following the action, praising the event on Twitter.

David Walliams said: “We work hard to bring you the best comedy we possibly can on Comic Relief but for me the most memorable moments are always the appeal films.”

Simon Cowell wrote: “Now watching Comic Relief … You have to hand it to these guys. Year after year they deliver.”

Music star Labrinth said: “Thank you for having me Comic Relief hope we raised some good money today…. Make sure you donate guys.”

Published: Saturday 14th March 2015 by The News Editor

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