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Comic Relief Breaks £1bn Mark

March 14, 2015 by staff 

Comic Relief Breaks £1bn Mark, With more than £78 million raised on this year’s Red Nose Day alone, the charity has collected over one billion pounds.,Comic Relief breaks £1bn mark “, Comic Relief has broken the £1 billion barrier with more than £78 million raised on this year’s Red Nose Day alone.

Live coverage featured a host of celebrities perform one-off sketches live in front of the nation on BBC One. By the end of the show the total had reached £78,082,988.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the charity, which had raised £960 million over the course of its history before last night and has become something of a British institution since it began in 1985.

The show ended with the announcement that Comic Relief and Sport Relief combined had raised a total of £1,047,083,706 so far.

Host Claudia Winkelman said of the £78 million: “That’s the highest total we have ever raised at the end of a Red Nose Day. Thank you so much.”

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 live coverage was being hosted.

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.

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