Sport Relief 2014 raises a record £51,242,186

Six hours of a TV mixture of song, dance, comedy and pure, heartbreaking, real-life stories of children and adults in need played out Sport Relief 2014 and resulted in a record £51,242.186 of donations.

Added to the millions of pounds raised by the general public, on the night Davina McCall had raised £2,239,931 by swimming, cycling and running from Edinburgh to London in seven days.

The One Show presenter Alex Jones had raised £1,281,476 with her three-day, 1200ft rock face climb up Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park, Utah, USA.

“Getting to the top was a huge relief,” Alex said on the night. “I literally clung to a tree. Being on solid ground is seriously underrated.”

And Coldplay donated £260,000 – that was £10,000 for every one of the 26 hours of BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley’s treadmill challenge, which she described as “a bit gruelling.”

Highlights of the marathon TV night included the Only Fools and Horses sketch, where David Beckham taught Rodney how to model his “boxer briefs” for Del Boy on the market and re-created that classic Only Fools moment when Del Boy fell through a bar… Only this time Beckham fell flat on his face in the market place.

Miranda Hart shook her maracas – then shook all over when she got a kiss from footballer/actor/modelDavid Ginola and former WBA champion David Haye.

There was a Strictly Come Dancing Paralympic special featuring blind footballer David Clarke, who danced with Karen Hauer, sitting volleyball player Martine Wright with Ian Waite, former World Champion javelin thrower Nathan Stephens with Iveta Lukosiute and Hannah Cockroft with Pasha Kovalev.

The dazzling routine brought the audience and the judges to their feet.

“It was a close contest but the winners are Hannah and Pasha,” announced judge Len Goodman, who was joined on the panel by 10-time Paralympian gold medallist Lee Pearson, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli.

The night also included the premiere of England’s 2014 FIFA World Cup song: a celebrity recording of Take That’s Greatest Day, featuring Gary Barlow, Gary Lineker, England’s 1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst, former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Katy B, among others.

Oh, and Andy Murray has a sense of humour. It was revealed on Sport Relief’s Mock the Week and it was almost as good to see as him winning Wimbledon.

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