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Stepping Up

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 March 2018 > Celebrate


From 17 to 23 March, Britain is breaking out the running shoes and swimming costumes for Sport Relief, Red Nose Day’s sporting cousin. A whole lot of comics, celebrities, schools and the great British public will take on sporting challenges to raise money for those in need in Britain and some of the poorest communities in the world.

This year, the main public challenge is for the nation to log one billion steps a day during Sport Relief week. Playing on the popularity of Fitbit-type devices, people are being encouraged to get active and add their steps to the total via the Sport Relief app. To motivate them, they can participate in two quidditch-themed challenges guided by the voice of the British Harry Potter audiobooks, comedian and actor Stephen Fry.

Celebrity Sports
Several sports, TV or comedy celebrities are taking on major challenges. DJ and TV presenter Zoe Ball (above) cycled 350 miles to raise £500,000 for mental-health projects.

Dilys, who has held the Guinness World Record for the world's oldest female skydiver since she was 80, will be joining Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas as he tries to overcome his fear of heights to parachute from more than 3500 metres.
Dilys, who has held the Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest female skydiver since she was 80, will be joining Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas as he tries to overcome his fear of heights to parachute from more than 3500 metres.

TV presenter Alex Jones accompanied four inspirational mothers as they completed “The Mother of All Challenges” over five days, including mountain climbing and cycling, long-distance running, caving and swimming across Loch Ness!

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The Results
The target for donations is to better the amount raised by the last edition in 2016: more than £55 million! Personal trainer Joe Wicks visited Sierra Leone to see how donations are being used to fight malaria:

 


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Sport Relief can accompany work with the
Give me five! 5e Unit 6 project on Red Nose Day
Download a sample double-page here.



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