In March 2012, the nation truly went the extra mile for Sport Relief.
Paving the way were a host of famous faces who put themselves through agony to inspire the whole of the country to support the campaign.
TV personality David Walliams was the first to take the plunge when he swam 140 miles along the River Thames. Then Blue Peter’s Helen Skelton travelled 500 miles to the South Pole in just 18 days by ski, kite-ski and by bike. And who could forget John Bishop’s Week of Hell when the brave comedian cycled, rowed and ran his way from Paris to London in just five days?
And one of the nation’s best-loved cricketers, Freddie Flintoff also proved he could do more than just bat and bowl when he broke 14 Guinness World Records in twelve hours.
As if that wasn’t enough, everyone was treated to a night of star-studded TV on BBC One as Miranda, Ab Fab and Outnumbered created special sketches for the big Sport Relief show. There was even an under-water version of Strictly Come Dancing to keep everyone on their toes.
All of this inspiring activity encouraged the nation to fundraise and to enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile. In fact, across the Sport Relief Weekend, over one million people took part in Mile events up and down the UK and raised millions of pounds in the process.
Some of the celebrities who took part included James Cracknell, Kara Tointon, Dame Kelly Holmes, Louise Redknapp, Gary Lineker, Sir Steve Redgrave, JLS and Olly Murs. And for the first time ever, the London Mile took place along the Mall with spectacular views of Buckingham Palace.
Everyone’s fundraising efforts helped to raise a record-breaking £67,977,824 – a lot of cash to change a lot of lives.