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Christine Bleakley to brave the waves for Sport Relief

As the UK gears up for the Sport Relief weekend, local celebrities have been rising to the challenge to do their bit to raise money for the poor and vulnerable in Northern Ireland, the UK and across the world.

And this year there will be even more celebrity challenges. Christine Bleakley will attempt to water-ski across the English Channel and will be trying to stay afloat for more than an hour as she navigates the 21-mile stretch of icy cold, choppy water.

Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan will be running the Sport Relief Mile which will kick off from the Albert Clock on Sunday, March 21 and Patrick Kielty will be taking part in the BT Sport Relief Challenge with David Walliams.

Christine and Patrick will be two of the many celebrities who will host a full night of Sport Relief TV on Friday, March 19.

Closer to home, the Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with Sport Relief to give local organisations the chance to apply for their share of a £1m fund.

The Community Cash initiative will distribute £62,500 in grants to communities across Greater Belfast. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to small organisations in the districts of Belfast, Castlereagh, Newtownabbey and Lisburn. Application forms can be accessed below.

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