Jo’s halfway there!

28th June 2017

BT supports Sport Relief with BT Chat for Change Day on toughest day yet Jo Brand’s 150-mile challenge

Jo Brand will today heroically hit the halfway point of her gruelling challenge. Day four looks set to be her toughest day yet of the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo’s Hell of a Walk, a brutal ordeal which will see the 58-year-old attempt to walk an incredible 150 miles in just seven days.

To help keep Jo going, BT has announced that Tuesday 26th January is Chat for Change day, in support of Sport Relief. On this day, 1p from every call made from a BT fixed line (including payphones) in the UK, and 25p from every call to BT’s Directory Enquiry Service 118500, will be donated to the Sport Relief.*

Setting off from Barnburgh at 8am this morning, Jo aims to finish this evening in Langsett, passing through Harlington, Bolton upon Dearne, Wombwell and Worsbrough on the way. Jo finds the end of the day once darkness descends the most difficult – and the final stretch today will see her tackle a 2k incline - the steepest she’s faced so far - in the pitch darkness.

Jo will today be joined by fellow comedian Lee Mack. As the pair set off this morning Jo said “It was an extremely long weekend – it’s not been a stroll in the park. I don’t feel hungry though so my aim for leaving London as a barrel and returning as a stick is working’.

Lee Mack added: “I think I speak for the whole comedy community when I say that none of us thought she had a cat in hell’s chance of doing this. She turned up at the end of the day yesterday and she looked absolutely wrecked. It’s amazing, and a very big challenge”.

The challenge will see her walk east to west right across the width of the country, roughly following the Trans Pennine Trail, finishing in Liverpool next Thursday. The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.

Starting out her career as a psychiatric nurse, Jo has spent many years since her rise to fame raising awareness about mental health issues - so it is fitting that during her journey she will highlight the work that Sport Relief does around mental health and issues that impact women and girls across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. Jo will be joined by famous friends and people helped by funded Sport Relief projects along the route to spur her on.

  • Jo needs the public’s support to keep her going as she is taking one Hell of a Walk. Sponsor Jo at

  • Inspired by Jo’s challenge? Then take on your own challenge by signing up to the Sport Relief Games - go to to find out how

The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo’s Hell of a Walk isn’t the first Sport Relief Challenge BT has sponsored. From John Bishop’s Week of Hell, David Walliams’ epic swims and who could forget Davina McCall’s brave run, cycle and swim across the country, BT has been there all the way.

BT will again be supporting Sport Relief through the BT Speaking Clock and Chat for Change Day. Between 18th January and 20th March 2016, for every call made from a BT fixed line in the UK to the BT Speaking Clock, BT will donate 10p to Sport Relief.*

Over the course of the ‘BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk’ BT has committed to help raise at least £350,000 for Sport Relief.

All the ups and downs of Jo’s challenge will be captured for a BBC documentary, to be broadcast in the run up to Sport Relief Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March.



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