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Alex Jones needs 'hot shower' after Hell On High Seas challenge

Published 11/03/2016

The Sport Relief Hell On High Seas celebrity crew hold flares as their boat passes under Tower Bridge
The Sport Relief Hell On High Seas celebrity crew hold flares as their boat passes under Tower Bridge

The One Show's Alex Jones has said she is looking forward to "a hot shower" and some food after completing the Hell On High Seas BT Sport Relief challenge.

The voyage by sea from Belfast to London raised £944,288 for the charity, as revealed on Friday's edition of The One Show.

Jones, alongside TV presenters Angellica Bell, Suzi Perry, Ore Oduba, comedian Hal Cruttenden and Plebs actress Doon Mackichan, endured freezing temperatures and rough seas during their five-day feat of physical, mental and emotional endurance.

On the second day, the celebrity crew were forced to seek shelter from a storm after the coastguard issued a gale force 10 warning.

"It's such a relief to be back on home turf," Jones told her One Show hosts as their carbon-fibre Volvo Ocean 65 boat crossed the finish line at Tower Bridge.

"But I tell you what, it's been a real privilege today cruising on this magnificent boat up the Thames in the glorious sunshine," she added.

"The overriding feeling is of sheer relief. It's been really tough, it's been really difficult at times. The feeling that we all felt for the majority of our journey was sheer fear."

The 38-year-old star continued: "We're all looking forward to a hot shower, some food and not being in each other's pockets, I'm sure. But it's an experience that we will always treasure."

BBC presenter Oduba paid tribute to the "inspirational crew". "Just simply the most incredible experience of all of our lives," he said.

"We were so worried and so scared before we set out on this journey and to complete it, and get through, with such amazing people, such incredible and inspirational crew as well, we can all go home with such a huge sense of accomplishment."

Actress Mackichan recalled the tough conditions: "Wednesday night we call wave-a-geddon," she stated. "Exhilarating and horrendous, both at the same time."

The money raised from Hell On High Seas will help transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people both in the UK and across the world's poorest communities.

:: Sport Relief is broadcast on March 18 from 7pm on BBC One.

:: For more information and to donate, go to sportrelief.com.

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