Comic Relief trekkers have tea with PM

Cheryl Cole, Gary Barlow and the rest of the celebrity Comic Relief climbers who conquered Mount Kilimanjaro have been congratulated by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The climbers were rewarded for their gruelling trek with afternoon tea at Number 10 Downing Street.

The BT Red Nose Climb has already raised more than £1.5 million from the UK public.

The Prime Minister announced that as a result of the climbers’ heroic efforts he would give a further £2 million to malaria-related work in Tanzania.

All nine celebrities reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mr Brown congratulated X Factor judge Cheryl, Gary, Alesha Dixon, Ben Shephard, Chris Moyles, Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton, Kimberley Walsh and Ronan Keating on their achievement before taking them on a guided tour of Number 10.

The celebrities posed for pictures outside the famous residence, which had a huge red nose on the door, with Mr Brown flanked by Cheryl and Alesha.

Gary said: “It has been a privilege for the whole team to meet the Prime Minister – and under such special circumstances.

“To think that our efforts on the mountain and the incredible generosity of the public have inspired school children and have now been supported by the Government is unbelievable.

“If the money raised can help control malaria and also help poor and vulnerable people in the UK, it will all have been worthwhile. What an unforgettable day.”

The celebrity climbers will be on BBC1’s Comic Relief: Funny for Money at 9pm on Friday March 13.

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