Belfast Telegraph

Friday 30 January 2015

Sport Relief total tops £62m

Comedian John Bishop is proud to have helped contribute to the record-breaking Sport Relief total
Comedian John Bishop is proud to have helped contribute to the record-breaking Sport Relief total

Sport Relief fundraising has hit a record high as new figures show this year's event collected £62.5 million.

The total is nearly £20 million higher than the previous Sport Relief effort in 2010.

More than a million people took part in the running event in March, while John Bishop's Paris to London triathlon contributed more than £4 million.

John said of the new figure: "The latest record-breaking Sport Relief total is just incredible. When I was asked to take on a challenge for Sport Relief, I've got to admit, I wasn't keen.

"But after seeing the great work that's happening in Sierra Leone, it was pretty hard to say no. The money raised will mean a lifetime of difference to people who really need it."

The 2010 Sport Relief campaign collected £44 million.

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