Sara Cox will be under pressure as she takes on a once in a lifetime challenge for Comic Relief

19th June 2017

This Red Nose Day, Radio 2 DJ, Sara Cox, has pledged to walk like an Egyptian straight to funkytown in an epic challenge that will see her boogie on down from her decks to the dancefloor and get physical for a hip-shaking 24 hours.

On Monday 20th March, Sara won’t be too shy as she slips into legwarmers for her 80s themed Danceathon. The challenge will see her push it, both physically and mentally, as she gets into the groove and attempts to throw 80s inspired shapes, non-stop, to raise cash for Comic Relief that will help change lives in the UK and across Africa.

To ensure Sara feels the power of love and gets the support she needs, Radio 2 shows will be backing her all the way, showing a little respect by playing 80s music and checking in on her every step she takes. Her celebrity pals will also jump in to keep her motivated throughout, when her muscles will no doubt ache like never before.

Sara Cox, who presents Radio 2 Sounds of the 80s every Friday from 10pm-midnight, said; “I loved the 80s for many reasons but mainly because the music was just so exciting and I also love to dance, usually just in the kitchen if I’m honest – what a feeling! It’s going to be tough with people watching my attempt, when I’ll probably look like a super freak, but I’m hoping others will get involved too as I always wanna dance with somebody.

“It’s a huge honour to try to raise money for Red Nose Day and it’s the people I met on my recent trip to Kenya that are going to make sure I don’t stop believing I can do it. Having seen first-hand how Red Nose Day cash changes lives, both in Africa and here at home in the UK, I’m going to try my best to bust a move for the full 24 hours.

“Why not throw on some legwarmers, backcomb your hair and take on your own 80s themed fundraising challenge yourself? Come on guys, let’s dance! It’s a great way to raise cash and also have a lot of fun, and we all just wanna have fun, right? It’s what Red Nose Day is all about.”

Sara is no stranger to dancing, taking to the dance floor time after time. The superstar DJ took part in Comic Relief’s 2015 Danceathon for six hours straight when she had the time of her life and back in 2013 she stunned the judges on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special who were walking on sunshine following her elegant waltz. However, for Red Nose Day this year she’s going above and beyond with her 24 hour dance marathon.

Sara’s challenge will kick off at 9.30am on Monday 20th March and she is never going to give (you) up, dancing through the day and all night long when she’ll be dancing in the dark. The challenge will take her up to 9.30am on Tuesday 21st March, when she’ll undoubtedly head straight home to relax with a red (red) wine and catch up on some sweet dreams.

Inspired by Sara and just can’t get enough? Visit for a whole host of fundraising ideas and make your laugh matter this Red Nose Day which is back on Friday 24th March. All the money raised will be used to help change countless lives, both here in the UK and across Africa (we know we’ve used that one before but it just works).



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