Presenting duo Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly completed the longest-ever Comic Relief Danceathon this week, raising an incredible total of £1,012,483 for vital causes.
The duo danced their final song – Destiny’s Child, Survivor at 7:20pm, making it over 24-hours since they kicked off their epic challenge. The entire challenge was followed across BBC Radio 2 and viewers were also able to watch on the BBC Red Button.
Dancing around the clock, Claudia and Tess were joined by family, friends and celebrity guests along the way, many of whom joined them on the dance floor to show off their own moves. Guests included Mary Berry, Ed Balls, Katya Jones, Rylan Clark-Neal, Susan Calman, Greg James, and Hugh Dennis, along with some surprise visits from Davina McCall and Jon Snow. There were also special performances from Beverley Knight, Fleur East, Andy Burrows, Calum Scott, Hair the musical, Mamma Mia the musical, the cast of Everybody Loves Jamie and Fisherman’s Friends.
Highlights across the challenge include:
- News presenter Jon Snow stopped by for an impromptu dance to Madonna
- Fleur East motivated the duo with an energised performance of her latest single Favourite Thing
- Rylan Clark-Neal challenged presenter Jeremy Vine to an impressive dance-off.
- Mary Berry treated Claudia and Tess to some chocolate cake in the studio
- Long-standing Comic Relief supporter Davina McCall surprised them on the dancefloor Ed Balls and Katya Jones revisited their Strictly days and Ed spoke about his recent Kilimanjaro climb for Comic Relief
- Hugh Dennis paid a visit to show some love and chat about the work he’s done for Comic Relief
- Anton Du Beke lifted spirits (and Claudia) as he twirled the pair around the dancefloor
- Michael Ball bopped along while encouraging the duo to keep going
- Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Jinkx Monsoon brought glitz and glamour to the studio
Thanks to the generosity of Claudia, Tess and the BBC Radio 2 listeners – they have managed to raise a fantastic amount of money that will help change countless lives. Comic Relief uses the money raised to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people both in the UK and around the world.
After over 24 hours of dancing they've finished! 💃🏻
— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) March 12, 2019
Claudia and Tess have seen first-hand how the public’s donations can help people having recently visited a Comic Relief funded project called RedThread – based at South London’s Major Trauma Centre and Accident and Emergency unit that supports young women (up to age 25) at a time of crisis as a result of mental health issues, violence and sexual assault.
The funding by Comic Relief allows two youth workers to work alongside hospital staff to reach out to vulnerable young people, and help with practical activities such as housing, anger management, alcohol services and give long term holistic support.
For more information and to show your support visit comicrelief.com/danceathon