Sport Relief raises over £19m

The BBC’s Sport Relief appeal has raised over £19m for charities in the UK and abroad following Friday night’s telethon.

The biannual event – which aims to help vulnerable people at home and in the world’s poorest countries – has already beaten its 2006 total of £18m.

And more funds are due to pour in on Sunday when tens of thousands of people take to the streets to run a mile for the charity.

Highlights of Friday’s TV show included special Sport Relief themed editions of Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear and A Question Of Sport.

Meanwhile, broadcaster Hardeep Singh Koli was on the receiving end of Sir Alan Sugar’s infamous “You’re fired!” catchphrase in a celebrity edition of The Apprentice.

Others taking part included Jonathan Ross, who interviewed Michael Parkinson in a special ‘head-to-head’ between the two chat show giants.

And pop stars including Leona Lewis and The Spice Girls were among those who lent their support to the cause.

Little Britain star David Walliams also did his bit, swimming to Africa – covering the 12 miles from Gibraltar to Morocco – in the company of Olympic rower James Cracknell.

And BBC presenter Andrian Chiles joined forces with former England footballer Alan Shearer to cycle the 335 miles from London to Newcastle in two days.